Sound+Vision Sessions: a conversation with Heidi Lynne Gluck
June 22 marks the second installment of the new Lawrence Public Library event series, Sound+Vision Sessions. The event showcases local music artists whose material we have in our catalog in a family-friendly, all-ages atmosphere.
This concert features the incredibly talented and esteemed singer/songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Heidi Lynne Gluck. Gluck’s music blends elements of folk, rock and indie music, while often remaining united by a hauntingly beautiful, melancholic mood.
photo by: Contributed photo
To gear up for the event, I asked Gluck a few questions to gain perspective on the time she has spent in the Lawrence community, as well as what we can expect from her upcoming performance.
Q: How long have you been involved in the Lawrence music community?
A: Just a little over a decade. I appeared on my first Lawrence record (The Only Children’s “Change of Living”) in 2005. My first Lawrence show was before I lived here. I was on tour with my old band Some Girls in 2003. We played a fun show at the Bottleneck, and Lawrence left a great impression on me. Starting in 2006, I have been a side-man in a number of Lawrence bands, and also perform solo and with my own band.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the Lawrence community — both the music and at large?
A: Lawrence has always struck me as a great place to have a balanced life. I’m grateful to live in a place that is as great for my child to grow up as it is for me to grow as a musician. The coziest times for Lawrence music is when all the students go home and the townies take the Replay back for a little while.
Q: What is your favorite library moment?
A: Can’t choose one. In no particular order:
• Taking my toddler to see Truckstop Honeymoon in the old library auditorium (this was right after we moved to town and it felt really special).
• Walking into the beautiful new building a few years ago.
• Hosting a recital for my young music students and watching them perform so confidently.
• Driving by on Saturday mornings and seeing the line out the door before LPL opens. Warms my heart.
• Using the highly functional Sound & Vision studio.
• Anticipating the Mavis Staples interview.
Q: The Summer Reading theme at LPL is “Libraries Unplugged.” What can your audience expect from your performance that reflects this theme?
A: I am going to do a rare acoustic performance, and a big unplugged treat for me is to get to use the fantastic grand piano in the auditorium. I can’t wait.
I have seen Gluck perform countless times over the last few years, and I can assure you this concert is not one you want to miss. Her talent and prowess command the attention of everyone in the room when she performs, and I have never left unimpressed.
Gluck will perform in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library on June 22 at 7 p.m.
— Joel Bonner is a technology assistant at the Lawrence Public Library.