The LYNNeS to Perform at the Al Whittle Theatre on May 18
The Grapevine recently had the opportunity to catch up with The LYNNeS (Lynn Miles & Lynne Hanson) and ask them about their musical inspirations and histories:
The Grapevine: What was your childhood or earliest ambition?
Lynne Hanson: I wanted to be a writer. I was a voracious reader as a kid, and the idea of spending all day every day making a living with words seemed like the perfect life.
Lynn Miles: To sing.
GV: What is your favourite song and when did you first hear it?
Lynne Hanson: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. My mom was a huge fan so I was exposed to them at an early age and this is probably one of my all-time favourite happy songs. Don’t tell anyone I like ABBA though. It’d kill my street cred.
Lynn Miles: “For Sale – A Baby.” My mom used to sing it to me. Saddest song in the world.
GV: How did you get started in the music industry?
Lynne Hanson: I sort of fell into music. I was in a relationship with a fantastic guitar player and I sang harmony and played rhythm guitar in his band. When that all fell apart I started writing my own songs and things just took off from there. But I had never intended to be a songwriter.
Lynn Miles: Industry, what industry? Seriously though, I had a publishing deal in the US and I was signed to Rounder Records (also in the US).
GV: What do you do to prepare for the stage? Are you nervous or comfortable? Has that changed over time?
Lynne Hanson: I don’t tend to be nervous before a show but I do tend to visualize the first song in my head before I head onto the stage. It helps me get into a zone and really focus. I played a lot of competitive sports as a kid so I’m guessing it’s a carryover from that.
Lynn Miles: I love being on stage, it’s my favourite place, so no prep required.
GV: Are there any recent inspirations for your music?
Lynne Hanson: Travelling really inspires me: meeting new people and seeing new things tends to prime the creative pump and ramp up the writing process.
Lynn Miles: The LYNNeS has inspired me, in fact, we’re writing more songs.
GV: How do you incorporate other elements, beyond the music, into the stage performance?
Lynne Hanson: We both like to use our sense of humour to engage the audience, which is probably one of the things I like the most about being in The LYNNeS. I also tend to be pretty active on stage and have been known to climb up on things during the show.
Lynn Miles: I use my sense of humour a fair amount. I also think my own struggles help me to connect with the audience.
GV: Have you ever been to the Annapolis Valley before? Is there anything, in particular, you are excited about seeing or visiting here?
Lynne Hanson: I think the last time I was in the area was 2010 in Berwick so it’s been awhile. I do remember it was gorgeous so I’m looking forward to having a chance to walk around and explore the area.
Lynn Miles: I’ve been many times. The last time I was there, Deep Roots sponsored a writer’s residency for me. It was fantastic. I also like the bookstore in Wolfville.