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This Lonely Love

Contributor:
Scott Newman
Scott Newman

Juliana Hatfield is an inspirational & independent spokeswoman. With a career in music spanning over 20 years. Juliana has written her memoir "When I Grow Up" last year along with releasing the 10th studio album "How To Walk Away" I want to congratulate the achievements of this great unheralded American songwriter. 

The reasons I admire and look up to Juliana Hatfield are hugely to do with her honesty and communication. She connects with her listeners by sharing her own experiences, thoughts and ideas.  After recently reading her memoir in combination of reading her blog on her website/myspace pages, I have come to realise just how much hard work, sacrifice and dedication this woman has shown to her fans, family & friends.

I think what separates Juliana from the solo artist genre in my opinion is her abilities to give back more to her audiences and fans by making albums that hold so much emotion, capturing moments that relate to our own lives. The communication between what it is like to do what you really want to do and then committing to actually doing it, learning from it and celebrating getting there.  This is how I feel about Juliana's journey into alternative music.

Back in 1986, Juliana formed a band with Freda Love & John Strohm called the Blake Babies. They met in a chance meeting with Freda and John spying on Juliana at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They followed her home knocked on her dorm room asking her to audition for the band. Incidentally, they were named by poet Allen Ginsberg at a Harvard poetry post reading Q & A session randomly asking him what they should name their band. They gained good popularity touring across America. They disbanded in 1991. This is when Juliana's solo career began.

Her solo career started in 1992 with the (brilliant) independent debut "Hey Babe"  Juliana has been through a long hard road of writing, recording, touring and playing gigs of all sizes. Changing record labels and creating her own Ye Olde Records label to release her recordings. Some of her songs have featured on soundtracks. Her most successful hit "My Sister" from the album Become What You Are (1993) received a lot of play on MTV and college radio.  What amazes me is that a lot of people do not know who she is but have heard a few of her songs.

I really want to see her play live in concert one day as I would imagine that she puts in 100% into her shows. Someone who gives all that she can from her music as it is herself. I listen to a lot of different artists and feel that she deserves a lot of credit for simply being herself personally to the listener's interpretation of her own tales.

There had been times where she had wanted to give up but found the reasons as to why and what the music means to her is overwhelming. Keeping her soul together.  I thank you Juliana Hatfield for sharing with us. I will continue to support a quality musician artist into a future of life's experiences and invite others to share.

www.myspace.com/julianahatfield (myspace)

 julianahatfield.com/blog/ (blog)

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