Laura Vitale

California

Laura can be found on her website,

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I've recorded another more polished version of “Nobody Knows” with 2 amazing local musicians accompanying me on piano and cello. This more simplified version was recorded solo from my bed in GarageBand.

 

Over the years I've written many songs about ME, some for advocacy, some more personal. You can hear several of them on my Sound Cloud page. https://soundcloud.com/lauravitalemusic/

 

I wrote “Broken” for bringing attention to Karina Hansen's plight. “Red Shoes” (with lyrics by Hazel Howard) was created to promote Red Shoe Day on behalf of Lyme patients in Australia. I wrote “Hey Fauci” to vent my anger at our government agencies' continued denial of M.E. I also wrote a song for #MillionsMissing last fall. One of my favorite M.E. songs, “Punch In the Face”, was inspired by a quote from Jen Brea describing her crashes -- "It's like a punch in the face you get for trying to feel alive." I rocked out and went electric on that song, which was a lot of fun.

 

The very first song I wrote about being chronically ill (back in the 90s) was “From a Window”, which is the title song of an album I produced with local musicians in 2000. I went through a partial remission at the end of the 90s which made that possible. I was much healthier back then. You can hear that song on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC5WNzDrXZ4 And this one, Morning Comes, with Barry Phillips on cello, which includes video of my paintings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXekGgyqNao

 

I have more art on my website in the gallery page, where I've posted several of my books of paintings, drawings and photographs. You Don't Look Sick (Paintings of an Invisible Illness) is specifically about my many decades with M.E. http://www.lauravitale.com/gallery.htm

 

I have my first album of songs on BandCamp. https://lauravitale.bandcamp.com/releases  and am currently attempting to post more recent songs there as well.

 

Last, but not least, I wrote a short article about the "night sea journey" of my illness for The Dasein Project, an online literary journal, a few years back. It summarizes the critical role creativity has played in my life.  http://daseinproject.com/a-night-sea-journey/

 

I always say that art and music are my personal saviors, because they really are! I could not have survived the angst and agony, the dread and fury, of nearly 40 years of this damn illness without being able tap into the creative jet stream for release and relief.