A local music teacher and musician at Vista Charter School accepted the COVID-19 pandemic and turned it into an expanded playlist.
Lacey Williams has lived in southern Utah for five years, and her love of music and learning has become a big part of her life. When the pandemic broke out in 2020, Williams and her family were quarantined like many others when artistic inspiration struck. During that time, Williams tested positive for covid and quarantined outside of her family. She was determined to get feelings of loneliness and isolation into a form she would understand – into music.
“One of the songs on the EP is called ‘I don’t want to be lonely’, and the song I wrote when I was a bit on my own for 10 days,” Williams said. I was certainly inspired by those feelings of isolation, which I know I was not the only one who felt that way during that time. “
When Williams finished writing the EP, she wanted to record her music in March 2020. However, most of the studios were still closed and she could not find a place to record.
“I had the whole tour scheduled for the first summer of 2020, you know, and I was supposed to be all over the state and California and the whole tour, just to tell you that every concert was canceled,” Williams said.
Scheduling a tour, recording music and releasing an album is not an easy task if you are also a social science and songwriting teacher in sixth grade like Williams. Breaks at school are Williams’ easiest time to plan their musical endeavors, but during the year it means limited time spent on music.
“I just spent the whole spring break in northern Utah and recording, so it’s not easy, that’s for sure,” she said. “And there are definitely things I can’t do.” There are shows for which I get offers and I say to myself, it just won’t happen.
Still, being a teacher is fulfilling in a way, Williams said.
“I’m able to teach music and songwriting in class, which is just such a rich and rewarding experience,” she said. “So I consider myself happy in this regard.”
When the pandemic began, it affected both of Williams’ work and made the music even more difficult.
“I feel like people are trying to find a way to make it safe, simply because people missed it so much,” she said. “People, you know, live music and art, and the community that shared art together, was such a huge part of people’s lives that I don’t think people realize how much they missed it.”
Williams finally found time to record during March 2021, a year later than planned, but while the music was still relevant. She managed to record in Provo and her album was designed by Micha Player, a graphic designer in Cedar City. The EP came out last weekend, January 7.
Although Williams could not perform earlier, she said she would look at more concerts in the coming year and even one in February, although the date and place have not been announced since this week. Depending on what security measures are required, Williams said she would make more appearances ahead.
“I’ve met a lot, you know, some of the best composers I know are here in southern Utah.” And some of the biggest shows I’ve been to in this area, “she said. “So there’s local art. And it’s top notch. ”
“Apple and Tree” means that Williams is playing music for the first time without her husband, Drew. They performed together as Drew & Lacey for several years, but the pandemic offered Lacey the opportunity to explore her own solo composer.
Lacey said she would continue to seek opportunities to perform and tour in the future if she felt the environment could be safe. “Apple and Tree” can be found on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud. To keep up with her latest music, visit https://laceywilliamsmusic.com.
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