Check out part 2 of Lightning 100’s coverage of the 2013 NAMM convention with a special performance with Brooke Waggoner at Casio booth! Brooke performs her hit single “Ramble” live on a Casio Privia Pro PX-5S keyboard. Click here to win a Casio Privia Pro PX-5S keyboard! Listen below for the full interview and performance!
Brooke Waggoner isn’t just “another chick on a piano.” A classical soloist with relevant flair, her tiptoeing through Nashville with soft, haunting melodies resonates with stampede-like fury as she drags us all along for the irresistible ride.
Many of her songs tell the stories of those nearest to her in an unsuspecting manner. “Songwriting is very relational for me. The last record is about a lot of our close friends; there were a lot of divorces and but also other life-things happening.”
Beyond pulling from personal experiences though, Brooke hides, tucked away in her inspirational arsenal, a one-of-a-kind perspective on music that very few musicians get the chance at experiencing. Fresh out of college in Baton Rouge, her home state of Louisiana, Brooke pursued an opportunity to live and research music in Indonesia about 7 ½ years ago. As one of the first white visitors to step onto the small island where she would soon dive full force into ethnomusicology, Brooke was just as much shocked as she was shocking.
The goal of her research was to gather information on the indigenous music culture of the island, which consisted of large rings of gongs that relied almost entirely on the Pentatonic scale, a typically eastern style of composing music.
“This was the first time I viewed playing music for a different reason. For us [Americans] it’s about us as individuals and how we’re effected – a heavy focus on entertainment. Over there it was about keeping balance and peace. Music is their contribution to and of something greater and not self-fulfilling.”
Months later and safely back home, Brooke moved to Nashville to pursue her own music career, where the perspective-shift that had begun to rear its head in Indonesia was now becoming fully known. Her songs may not ooze with third-world chants or melodies, but her understanding of why she writes and the part of her soul that gives her up to music every day has been indefinably altered.
Indie Underground Hour 3-25-13
Rilo Kiley – All The Drugs (Rkives, Little Record Company)
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – They Told Me (Untamed Beast, Partisan)
The Men – Without A Face (New Moon, Sacred Bones)
Bleached – Dead In The Head (Ride Your Heart, Dead Oceans)
Low – So Blue (The Invisible Way, Sub Pop)
The Lonely Wild – Keep Us Whole (The Sun As It Comes, Thirty Tigers)
David Bowie – I’d Rather Be High (The Next Day, ISO/Columbia)
Luxury Liners – Valley High (They’re Flowers, Western Vinyl)
Brooke Waggoner – Ink Slinger (Originator, Swoon Moon/Ingrooves)
Psychic Friend – Water Sign (My Rocks Are Dreams, Dangerbird)
Marnie Stern – East Side Glory (The Chronicles Of Marnia, Kill Rock Stars)
The Grenadines – Down (The Grenadines, Communicating Vessels)
Milk Carton Kids – Snake Eyes (The Ash & Clay, Anti-)
Dawes – From A Window Seat (Stories Don’t End, HUB Records)