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Music Therapy EP - Single "I Love You, Mom" - Release date March 2019
“I Love You, Mom. I Love You so. My heart holds you close and I'll never Let go. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for everything you are. - Lennox Armstrong”
— Lyrics from the single - "I Love You, Mom"
Lennox Armstrong– Music Therapy
What stronger, lasting and resilient purpose for art than to be a source of cathartic healing. So goes the music of tenor singer/songwriter Lennox Armstrong, making his long-awaited recording debut with Music Therapy, an illuminatingly autobiographical soul sojourn into rarer areas of love, relationships…and rebirth. Lennox brings a grown man’s perspective lyrically and an artisan’s touch musically, graced with the empathetic production in collaboration with Bob Baldwin. The result delivers songs that resonate with truth and soul all but missing from today’s airwaves.
“I’m looking forward to creating a relationship with people that love and miss R&B music,” Lennox states by way of introduction. “I see my music as Folk-Soul, a forum through which I can share some beautiful but unvarnished stories from my life's experience. My primary influences have been men such as Stevie Wonder for performing and connecting to his audience, Luther Vandross and his production team for integrity in song styling, and anyone that tells a great story in their lyrics…like the incredible song stylist Marvin Gaye and kindred spirit Gregory Porter.”
“Love Found Me Waiting” poignantly captures the spark of the first time Lennox understood the power and potential of love and how it could effect the balance of life's experiences.
The wailing of the soul's need to reconcile is found in the Music Therapy EP by way the confessional “Can I Be Honest.” “The inspiration was my apology to my ex-wife for not making the love we shared as beautiful as it could have been.” Love and the loss of it can hurt like hell. Moments happening faster than reflections clear gaze can rattle the foundation of love. Its not enough to be honest. Honesty without the attachment to responsibility can be in some cases, reckless. So, is it safe to be honest? not without introspection and weighing the potential results of that honesty and the impact of how that honesty impacts others. So...depending on what you are being "honest" about the jury might be still be out. .
A central song that is both rhythmic and soulful is “Love Ain’t Sunshine For Everyone.” Lennox states, “As an artist, I would never decimate the hope of love, evident in the fact that he recently re-married (Nicole Marie Armstrong). This is a song of hard truth but also inspiration… because love is a decision. Sometimes you have to dig your heels in and be resolute about the fact that You can make…that love can make it if you decide that there is no other option.”
“In Your Arms Is The Home I Know,” the groovin’ “Been Around The World” and the romantic “Best Years of My Life” talk of Lennox’s journey towards love and his ability to find his center again. The reflective “I’m At Peace” captures the resolve of coming out the other side of romantic trials with enlightenment. “It took work to find myself and accept that the me that I am today is perfectly alright”.
The lead single of Music Therapy, “I Love You Mom,” returns Lennox to his roots and the beautiful home life his mother provided for him, his brother Victor and his sisters Shanette and Sonrita…a time of financial hardship in which they thrived unaware of poverty, needing for nothing, rich with the love of a woman who cared for them supremely and unconditionally. “My parents divorced when I was 4,” Lennox shares. “My father is a decent man with a good soul…he, however, was not involved in our lives. My mom was, simply stated, a country girl in a big city doing the best she could but never finding that great love again. She, like many family heroines protected, loved and nurtured her family alone.
Fast-forward to a very recent Mother’s Day Lennox hadn't sent his mother flowers, a card or anything. He thought to himself "how could I find a meaningful way to express my love". He had a track on his desk from his frat (Kappa Alpha Psi, Beta Chi Chapter, line name "Jalia" of Hampton University) brother’s son TJ Lopes. Realizing that if he wrote his mother a song, she would have it forever. A couple hours later, the song's lyrics were written. he went downstairs to his studio to record the vocal. After completing the song he sent it to her and she loved it. Everybody that’s heard it since has asked for a copy for their Mom. He is including it on "Music Therapy" and putting it out into the world so you can share it with the mother in your life that touches your soul. It is a beautiful rendering of love to Mother’s everywhere. There won't be a dry eye when you play it for your Mother.
The divine takeaway from Lennox Armstrong’s Music Therapy is: Love well and cause no harm and you too will receive the gift of love” Now It doesn’t get any more soulful than that.