Look, we’re trying to be gentlemanly about this, so when Leerone sings “If there’s a big dance hall I’m gonna swing my hips. But for everything else that I want and I need I use my lips” in her new video “Use My Lips”, we can only assume she means communicating eloquently and having an in depth conversation, right?
Let’s watch the video again for confirmation. The bluesy romance with its insistent rollicking piano riff finds the Los Angeles singer on a road trip through the California desert.
“The song and the video are not so much about a story as they are about conveying a feeling: a sense of wonder, adventure, wild abandon, freedom, lightness, letting go, liberation and empowerment. A way out of stuckness,” Leerone explained to us of the song that appears on her Heart Shaped Bullets record (co-written and co-produced by Chris Seefried who did the same for Fitz and the Tantrums).
“I need to twist my fate, start loading flowers in the gun,” she sings. What does that mean here?
“What does reality look like through my eyes? Realizing that I am an artist and that my real creation is my life. My art is the creation of my life. I have the opportunity to explore through this once in a lifetime experience, which is being me. So what does that look and feel like? What does my world look like vs. the world that was given to me. That is where the empowerment comes from. I can twist my fate. I can load flowers in the gun. I have choice. I can swing my hips. I can use my lips. This song and video are about claiming my life, but not from a place of force or will or domination but rather from a place of playful curiosity. Let me get in the car, drive and see things with child-like wonder and awe in the unique way that is mine. There is only one of each of us and we only live once in this form so let me discover the world through Leerone’s eyes.”
We like what we see so far.
photo by Hamesh Shahani.