Joel's Single 'The World Will Heal in Time'.
Joel Lindsey’s new single, The World Will Heal in Time is inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, coinciding with the start of Spring - a time of resurgence and new life. At a point in his life where as a professional musician he faces unemployment, Joel found himself with time and inspiration. As he sat in his backyard, watching his two-year-old son play among the budding flowers, he pondered how the grass will continue to grow, the tulips will emerge. Even the weeds will come up. None of this will stop - rebirth is inevitable; the song wrote itself from there.
At this time of year, Joel is typically singing and strumming his guitar in bars, restaurants, casinos, retirement homes and hospitals. His scheduled performance at weddings, birthday parties and corporate events have ground to a halt. “This was how I carved out a music career in Pittsburgh. This is how I've supported my family for the last decade.”
“The song was conceived at a very specific moment. On March 22nd, 2020, a warm afternoon, I was sitting in a garden chair in my backyard watching our son, Levi, play on the lawn. He was pointing at what I thought were weeds but turned out to be mint.”
“My wife, Amy, had planted a small mint plant the year before and it had now grown along the fence, three meters across. I showed Levi how to pick it and enjoy the scent of the mint under his nose. As I watched him, I started to look around us at the emergence of spring; lilac and white blossoms on the trees, the grass growing tall, the bush leaves thickening and the wild onions popping up. Bees, birds, life. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2007, Spring has always been my favorite season. It's like a good, deep breath. I've always felt invigorated and refreshed at this time of year. The feeling you need after a long, grey Winter. Looking around and then at my son, it occurred to me that this was the strangest, saddest, loneliest Spring we had ever known.”
To adhere to the stay-at-home order, the song was recorded exclusively at Joel’s home. The conception of the song to completion of the audio recording and video took twelve days. “Prior to this, I've pondered songs for months and found it hard to complete anything. But I have had a lot swirling around my mind on the subject, so in one moment this song just poured out.”
The video was filmed on his porch and in his backyard. It may not have a “professional polish”, but Joel felt that it best reflected today’s climate. “Amy, and I stayed home and did all of this ourselves. We'd never shot and edited a video before, but found ourselves with the time to try.”
“These are trying times for our minds and imaginations. I don't think it is automatic that a musician will feel compelled or inspired to write. Or that any artist should suddenly want to create. People are struggling to find the motivation to get anything done, despite the ample time we have on our hands. We're all just trying to cope and process what is happening in our world. Artists shouldn't be made to feel guilt for not creating. People shouldn't be under fire or shamed for not being proactive.”
Joel has felt overwhelmed by the initial positive response after posting it on his Facebook page for family and friends. “My favorite comment was from an acquaintance who shared it to her Facebook wall and wrote:
‘You might cry when you hear this. Actually, you probably should cry. But you'll feel better afterward, trust me.’ - Katie Hutchinson College”
“For me, writing this song was very therapeutic and helped me understand my own thoughts and feelings. Regarding its effect, I didn't want to make a sad song that made people feel even worse - rather I wanted to send a message of hope to lift spirits. I also hope that it will inspire others to bring some positivity to those around them. We all need it.”
At the age of 13, Joel Lindsey fronted his first band, Easy, in his hometown of London, England. In 2007, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to begin his life as a full-time musician. During that time, he has toured throughout the United States, from San Francisco to New York City, as well as in England and Italy. In addition to his solo work, he also performs with the band, Boulevard of the Allies. He has shared the stage with Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues), Italian superstar, Elisa Toffoli, and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars). Joel looks forward to releasing his own solo album in early summer and his band’s third studio album later this year.