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What It Feels Like – Six Crucial Questions for Songwriter Lady Lazarus

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Lady Lazarus, AKA Melissa Ann Sweat, is a songwriter comfortable in the extremes.

One of her latest singles is “I Know What It Feels Like.” It’s a piano-backed meditation that gently swings back and forth, from sweet highs to sad lows.

The song is from the singer’s new album, Impossible Journey Of My Soul Tonight.

The LP plays softly, but packs a haunting punch, and can be ordered through the musician’s official Bandcamp site.

Below, we learn more about Lady Lazurus, discover her influences and find out why her younger brothers still tease her.

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NAME: Melissa Ann Sweat

BAND: Lady Lazarus

POSITION: singer-songwriter

HOMETOWN: San Jose, Calif.

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

Dancing to “Maneater” by Hall & Oates. Apparently it was my favorite song when I was little.

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

Crying when I saw Dave Matthews when I was a sophomore in high school and obsessed with them. My younger brothers never let me forget that.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

I like intimate connections and the conversations that take place after a performance. I dislike the the grind of it.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

Rasputin in Campbell, Calif. nearby where I grew up. It was always such a formative experience going in there and being able to buy albums I was reading about in music magazines, and was a constant source of discovery.

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

Mule Variations by Tom Waits for his timeless melodies, songwriting, and the incredible beauty and humanity of these songs. It takes a very wise, unique, and special soul to create songs like this, and, well, that’s just Tom.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

This sort of happened to me, but in Amsterdam. I’d probably check my phone for any photographic evidence to piece things together, then quietly call a cab or Uber and go lick my wounds somewhere.

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Images Courtesy of Lady Lazarus; Lead-In Photo Courtesy of Photographer of Nick Chao

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