Amy Leeis best known for her band Evanescence’s dark, moody rock, but family life “seems to have” (meaning it definately has) changed her tune.
The Grammy-nominated singer will release Dream Too Much, an album for kids (yeaay, more, more more – old Amy Lee fan dies a little inside, but respects her life choices) later this month on Amazon. The 12-song set will include original tracks, as well as covers of classics (including the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”) and beloved children’s ditties like “Rubber Duckie.”
Pretty much every blog and site had a sneak peak at the vid (if you use twitter, facebook, or just the internet) so I decided to share this wonderful joy of a happy bunny video.
Oh, and yes, Amy Lee says was inspired by her 2-year-old son whom she spawned with her lovable rock husband Josh Hartler in 2014.
Here are random things she said “quote, unquote”
“I was shocked by the huge emotion and the inspiration that came from having a child, and I am inspired by him all the time,” Lee, 34, tells PEOPLE. “I just really wanted to make music again. And I kind of thought when I had kids, I would want to do what I do less — I would just want to focus on being a mom and sort of retire. But I just don’t feel that way! I feel so motivated. I have all these new feelings and thoughts and ideas to share.”
The “My Immortal” singer says her new perspective as a parent has influenced both her outlook on life and on her music, as well.
“I’m inspired by watching his mind open up. Every day, he experiences stuff for the first time, and it’s so cool to go do that: just the joy on his face or the surprise or the fascination,” says Lee.
Reliving life’s simpler moments for the first time with her son informed the album, too.
“Seeing it through his eyes is exactly what inspired the record. So the original songs, they came from him, from his little mind,” she says.
Mid article Bonus (yes reading is boring for some, but not reading is worse 😉
One random youtuber’s view on the new video (in Spanish)
He’s clearly an old Amy Lee fan (love the holes in his ears 😉
The singer admits the lyrics of “Dream Too Much” — e.g., “there’s a monkey in the band” and “the muffins are all sleeping” — are “nonsense.” But they too were inspired by her little boy.
“So much of it was about pleasing him and talking to him and communicating with him and making him happy: watching that bright smile on his face as we’re talking about the same thing together,” says Lee.
Here’s a little pic of the bundle of fun that keeps her up all night (keep it up & she may come back to her evanescence days yet)
And as it turns out, the entire album was a family affair, too. Lee decided to go into the recording studio with her radio deejay dad, John, as a 60th birthday gift to him. They originally planned to record some of their favorite songs from her youth — including Pure Prairie League’s “Ami,” after which she was named — but soon, they invited her uncle Tom, as well as her sisters Lori and Carrie, to join in the fun.
“We’re all three-part harmony-ing it up and making up crazy parts and getting all choir nerd on it,” Lee says of the familial collaboration.
“We were being a family, but also being able to work on a constructive project, which made for such a better time, actually. It’s a different kind of thing that happens when you’re working on something together. You get to shine, and everybody gets their moment. It’s really powerful. And it really was, from the beginning, to make something for ourselves, and then we let it spiral out of control, and I’m so glad we did.”
Here’s a lovely pic of the unicorn fluffed album cover
As for the colorful “Dream Too Much” video, Lee decided to tap into her longtime affinity for stop motion animation, enlisting a professional to bring her own drawings and artwork to life in the enchanting clip.
And Lee will pull a Beyonce (whatever that means), making the entire collection a visual album, as whimsical videos are being produced to accompany each of the record’s upbeat tracks.
As for Evanescence fans concerned their gothic queen has gone soft on them, fret not. (sorry false hope on that one)
Here is her quote trying to justify the change :
“If you look at my stage outfits from day one, I’ve been a rainbow cupcake all along,” Lee says, laughing. “It’s not that different. No eyeliner — that’s different [this time]. To me, it’s about the sound: The sound, obviously, is very different. It’s definitely been in there all along. It’s just that Evanescence is what took off. There’s always been this other colorful side.”
Dream Too Much, will be out on Amazon Sept. 30, is available for pre-order now. (oh, and will obviously be available on Youtube, deezer, and torrents all around if you don’t like that sort of thing)
Lee will hit the road with Evanescence for a month-long tour starting in October if you’re brave enough (or just want to bring your kid out to play)
Jimmy Fallon invited Justin Timberlake to promote his latest single, but everyone knows that you don’t just get to talk about your new single/film or other on Jimmy Fallon’s show, you have to earn the right to do so!
JT was no exeption.
To promote his new single Jimmy and himself decided to spice things up a little with the 4th version of “History of rap”.
I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised with Jimmy’s rap history knowledge.
LL Cool J, Jay Z, the Bestie Boys and much more songs are featured in this version.
Over the past few weeks, the new “swag” of the moment has been the Harlem Shake.
Much like most of what becomes a global phenomenon at the moment, we don’t know where the original version comes from.
Where does the Harlem Shake come from and why has it become so popular?
Well, the answer is simple, and in the title of the song/dance frenzy.
The origin of the song/dance comes from…Harlem (obviously).
But isn’t Harlem an area in the States where the famous Globe Trotters come from? Because for the moment I’ve seen lots of people dance around for 30 seconds with absolutely no fear of making a fool of themselves, but not once have I seen a video even remotely looking like it came from Harlem.
That is until now…
Instead of the usual 30 second bash to your brain, this video lasts just over 4 minutes, and is actually worth the watch.
If you’re man enough to last the 30 seconds of the usual Harlem Shake, you’re in for a treat. (and let’s face it, even if you’re not tough enough, you can last another 30 seconds after all of those “Best Harlem Shake” and “Top 10 Harlem Shake” videos you’ve watched over and over.
So what do you think?
Does this video actually remind you of Harlem?
Oh, and here’s an added bonus since I mentionned the Harlem Globe Trotters, here they are :