Shani: I discovered your music in March 2010; you were doing several interviews on Blogtalkradio.com. Back in July, you made a trip to Baltimore to be in a show at Terra Café. How long have you been performing?
Larie’: I have been performing since eleven years old. I started singing at seven, my father used to make me sing although I didn’t want to. I’ve been performing from church to school, high school choruses, church choruses, bars, clubs, anywhere you could think.
Shani: So, the name of your cd is “Poetic Love”. Tell us about your cd.
Larie’: The cd is a story about a relationship that I was in at the time. We came up with the idea that I could write songs about our relationship. It’s basically boy meets girl, boy enjoys girl, boy courts girl, and basically they have a love affair with music and poetry. It was given to me, years ago, “Larie’ why don’t you implement poetry into your style and work the poetry and music in simultaneously?” It produced “Poetic Love”, every song was heartfelt, real thoughts that came out of my mouth. I wrote about what I was feeling at the time for that young lady. One cut, in particular, was “Average Brother”. It has received a lot of press lately; basically I was saying I am not big-baller, shot caller. I’m not Jay Z, I don’t have his money, not yet anyway, but here I am. I can love you for who you are, just love me for who I am and together we can both grow.
Shani: I have seen the clip with “Average Brother” on YouTube and have seen you perform it live several times. It’s a great song that pretty much everyone can relate to because they know an average brother. For a woman, it may be her father, brother, cousin, or it may be her boyfriend. A lot of men can appreciate this song if they are the average brother.
Larie’: It basically speaks to the masses. Not to knock anyone, because everyone has to speak their truth but I think we have enough of the flashy stuff. That’s cool, but it has its place. Who is going to speak for every day common people who just want to have a little joy in life? To work, come home, enjoy your family, and not be bothered with society’s standards. We’re always told things like, you haven’t arrived yet if you don’t have a great big house or fancy car. Those are just things, they can be obtainable. But, if you just live for things without enjoying life, then basically you have created your spiritual death. It’s not about that at the end of the day, it’s about you, your health, and just love. People need to get that back. We stay fixated on a bunch of material nonsense, we feel that we have to appear certain ways for certain people. They are average brothers and sisters out here, but not saying that they are just average. If you listen to the lyrics, it’s says that if you look deeper I am like no other. I mean average in taking care of your family, going to work, and just enjoying your life.
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