Nicole Stella

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Italian songwriter Fabrizio De Andrè once explained how he wanted to portray Fiddler Jones, one of the characters in his concept album "Non al denaro, non all'amore né al cielo", inspired by Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology". For Fiddler Jones, he said, the choice to make music was all about his freedom. To him, music was not a job, nor a constriction. It was just a way to live his life freely. Of course, this view is pretty romantic and, unfortunately, this choice is not always doable. As artists, however, I think it would be great to aspire to that vision. I was lucky enough to experience it, as I sometimes managed to grasp it, feeling that way while being on the road, writing songs, or even working in the solitude of my home studio. This is what this song is all about. This song is also a tribute to all the "struggling artists" out there, so often unheard. Just keep up the good work & be yourself, folks. And allow yourself to be lazy, sometimes!

"Lazy" was recorded during the lockdown with the help of three incredible musicians and friends: Claudio Benvenuto (lead acoustic guitar), Jacob Levesque (lap steel guitar & bass), and Emanuele Romano (drums). We all worked from our home studios between Italy and the United States, "meeting" virtually to arrange the creation of this simple, but strongly heartfelt blues.

Whether you're an artist or not, I hope you find it inspiring and (why not?!) fun!

CREDITS: 🎙️ Nicole Stella - vocals, rhythm guitar 🎸Claudio Benvenuto - lead acoustic guitar 🎸Jacob Levesque - lap steel guitar, bass 🥁 Emanuele Romano - drums, mix, and master

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