Interview - Linda

Linda is a singer-songwriter and glider pilot. 10 years ago, she was singing on progressive rock albums, and after an 8 year of break in 2020 she started this new project. Let's have a chat about her music.

- Hi Linda and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Ballad of abigal.
- Hello, Ballad of Abigail, if we want to talk about it from music composition, or chords progression level is a simple, easy song. If you check the lyrics and the story behind, it is something deep. My goal is to tell stories with my music, and aviation related music videos.

- How would you describe your sound?
All my songs have a different music genre and style, I guess I am still looking for myself, or simply I am different every day, every moment. 
Basically, I am doing pop, pop-rock, sometimes funky, jazz vibes here and there.
I would say the Ballad of Abigail is a rock ballad.

- What do you write about?
Anything that can touch my feelings or my mind.
As an aviator myself, I am in love with aviation, so mostly all of my songs are written around a given flying history or special plane, pilot.
Abigail, althou its inspired by Abigail Williams, from the Witch trial of Salem, in aviation history, it is inspired by the female regiment, from the WW2, called Night Witches.
This single is an internal monologue, about the worst thing you can do with yourself or with someone, that hurts you…

- What do you listen to when you are home?
Now I am listening to Stevie Nicks, but usually it depends on my mood. I really like live music, like BBC Radio 1 unplugged, or the Tiny desk. Every artist there sounds amazing.

- Your favourite live performance so far?

If we talk about a concert where I was singing, it was the last one, in the Thalia theater in Budapest. There was a fashion show, called Inspiring Women, and I was singing during the show. It was a duet, with the pianist Felician Kovacs. I really loved every moment. That was the premiere of the Ballad of Abigail as well.
Other than that, most of the Super Bowl shows, and BBC Radio or Tiny desk shows I watched during the pandemic are favorite… however, wait! I think the top favorite is Coldplay's Everyday Life, live at the Amman Citadel in Jordan, 2019 November. The first part was performed at sunrise, the second at sunset.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
When we were recording the vocals for My Time, I don’t know why, instead of “My heartbeat is a ticking bomb” I was singing thicking bomb. When my music producer made me listen to that and started laughing about it, I couldn’t stop saying it wrong, and we are still laughing and making jokes whenever we hear it. One day I’ve seen a statue of a group of small bombs, which was growing bigger and bigger. It was symbolizing something sad, but I had to leave, because I was hearing the “ticking bomb” in my ears, and I was about to laugh again.

- Your favourite albums?
I think I don’t have any.

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Lady Gaga

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
I’d ask the same things as now… to have some water to drink, and if it’s possible something to eat after the show before we go home.

- What are your plans for the next future?
I’d like to release all the 12 songs of the Trip to Myself album on a CD with some pretty cool extra features. This is already prepared, the only missing thing is my portrait photo, then it can go to production.
I would also like to have small acoustic shows of the album, at smaller airports, as I am making music for flying videos mostly.
I would also like to write 4 songs, which tell stories of female pilots, who achieved something extraordinary, like Jerrie Cobb, who was part of the Mercury 13 project as well, Melanie Astles from Red Bull Air Race. The point is, not only to tell about their stories in my songs, but also to make videos, for the songs, where their planes are flying, or are presented or something like that. At the moment I am in the middle of a research, creating a list of what are the possibilities, and at the beginning of the next year I will try to contact all those possibilities, and see if we can have a collaboration.
I would like to play more piano, and practice more, and find some more time for that… Hopefully this winter I can.
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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