Interview with Haitian-American singer Lalin St. Juste

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Musician Lalin St. Juste on Writing through Grief–an interview with NPR. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

Lalin St. Juste, leader of the seven-piece, genre-bending band The Seshen, wrote the song “Distant Heart” in memory of a friend.

“She struggled with a lot of darkness and addiction and trauma and things like that,” she says. “And over the course of our relationship, I watched her struggle to be resilient with it.”

While the song is personal, St. Juste says that its meaning has multiplied. “Now it’s taking on a life of its own,” she says. “It has its own particular story, but it’s going to have all these different stories for different people. And even though it comes from a place … of sorrow, there’s also just so much joy and so much light, especially in who she was, that gets carried in that song and in that music.”

The Seshen’s new album, Flames & Figures, is out now. Hear more from St. Juste at the audio link accessible through the link above.

An older interview with Lalin St. Juste is available at https://oakulture.com/2015/08/28/women-runnin-it-interview-with-lalin-st-juste

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