Start your week off with April Lockhart’s cover of Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” This girl seriously rocks. I’m so impressed by her talent and confidence.
“I wanna see like everything is still unseen. It burns inside, and I am so alive.” – Tony Memmel
Happy birthday to Tony Memmel!
In honor of today, here’s some music to get your Monday off to a great start! This is Tony Memmel’s music video for “Clenched Hands Brave Demands,” the single from his new album of the same name. I ordered the album – it’s so good! I love Tony’s lyrics, and it helps that he’s also a really cool guy. He even wrote me a long and thoughtful message on Facebook when I asked him about guitar picking (which I haven’t quite mastered yet). And how awesome is it that his wife Lesleigh plays the keyboard and sings backup vocals for the band? I love it when couples do cool things like that together, and the Memmels are so so cute!
If you love Tony, you can order the album and check out all the merchandise here.
Enjoy the song. I hope it makes you feel, well, ALIVE.
When I first started teaching myself how to play guitar a couple years ago, I thought I was the only one-handed guitar girl on the planet. Then I discovered April Lockhart’s YouTube channel. So as much as I’d love to say that I was an original, I think I can be content knowing that I could TOTALLY be just like April if I had super bouncy hair, flawless vintage makeup (I’m secretly hoping for a makeup tutorial, April!), a twangy voice, and…you know….HEAPS of talent.
Enjoy April’s gorgeous rendition of The Lumineers’ “Hey Ho” and share the music video (which is adorable) with all your friends (especially that guy you’ve been crushing on forever, since the lyrics are pretty darn romantic).
I was sooo excited when I found this video a few days ago because this is the first time I’ve seen another one-armed girl playing guitar! And she’s sooo good! This just goes to show that if you really want to do something, you just need to put in the work and do it. A disability is not the end of the world nor is it a deterrent to your dreams.
On another note, I really want a guitar prosthetic like hers. It’s way cooler than duct-taping a pick to your little arm.