I've Been Waiting
Between playing the local Boston and New York music scene, Lauren jumped into the studio this fall with producer Andy Bauer of Turnt Out Media to record her life's work, a candid collection of ten songs spanning the last 6 years. The record has already received recognition with the title track 'I've Been Waiting' included on the upcoming "Many Roads Home" compilation CD, as well as, Guardian Angel receaiving national and international radio recognition. The oldest song on the album, Linger, was written in the fall of 2003 after the end of a long distance relationship: "It was a really tough time for me being my first relationship. It was actually the first song I wrote that I thought sounded good." Other songs like Burning Bridges, a touching acoustic testament to moving on from your past, and Civil Again, a grooving pop song about being civil with the one's you once loved, will move listeners with Lauren's ability to lyrically portray life. The most heart-wrenching and deeply emotional song on the album is Guardian Angel, a song that Lauren wrote for her aunt that passed away from pancreatic cancer in April of 2009. The violin and cello develop a sorrow that transpires into an uplifting crescendo in the chorus. "I just wanted her to know that we would never forget her and that she would always be in our hearts. It's a very personal song and it touches so many people. I usually always see at least one person crying in the audience whenever I play that song. Everyone knows someone that's died of cancer and it's never an easy thing." Lauren shows her edgier side on songs like I Gave and Everything's OK, which have more of a rock feel to them. The musings of lead guitarist, Julie Perron, gives these tracks real drive while the melodic and rhythmic stylings of bassist Richard Gentile can be heard on songs like Beautful Face. Even with it's darker moments, I've Been Waiting has an overall pleasant and optimistic feel to it, a departure from Lauren's original writing. Songs like Beautiful Face, Happy Ever After, Impossible and the title track are catchy tunes with great beats and an uplifting feel: "I laughed that my first album turned out to be this overall happy project. I had told Andy [the producer] that if this album had been done 3 years ago it probably would have been an emo album." 'I've Been Waiting' is by no means a dark or depressing album and appropriately titled, as it is the culmination of all Lauren's hard work so far in life. "There are not very many things I want in life. I wanted to record an album and be able to create and share my music with people. I wanted to be happy and I wanted be in love. And after years and years of waiting and many ups and down, I finally got what I was looking for."