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)
The Voice finale surprised us a few days ago with one of the best duets of the season!
Dressed in a champagne-colored, boney-shouldered kimono, Lady Gaga treated viewers of the The Voice finale to a special rendition of her Artpop track “Do What U Want,” and it was not just because Voice coach Christina Aguilera (who wore her own champagne gown) joined her for a disco-y vocal showdown.
To be honest with you, I prefer Christina Aguilera to R-Kelly by far!
A bit of smoke, original matching costumes and a few dancers was all the duet needed.
Finishing off by toasting with wine glasses after at the end of the song was a perfect ending to the evening.
All I asked myself after the performance was “Why don’t they do this type of big performance in other versions of the Voice?”
Here’s the entire video, tell us what you think in your comments below!
Brazil is definately the place to be to party at the moment, even more so during their carnaval!
The only problem is that thhere are lots of people and not enough toilets.
That was until the organisers of AfroReggae came up with the genius idea of making mobile toilets that would transform their pee into…an energy source!
The question you must be all asking yourselves is “but how did they do this?”
Simple, the organisers installed these special toilets in the streets of Rio, which where linked to special dynamos.
When the urine leaked into the pipes, and with a bit of pressure, the new energy source was created!
The energy produced by the machine was used to charge batteries that would power the official festival float and blast loud music to the show.
Needless to say the concept was a huge success, and the same float was able to light up thousands of smiles on the festival goers faces for 3 days straight!
That’s what I call speading the eco message in a fun way!!
Over 2.000 blogs spoke about the marketing op and over 3 million euro worth of tv internet and radio budget was saved.
Enough said, here’s the video for your viewing pleasure: