Breezy Love Workshop

On August 25, the day of her 18th birthday, Breezy Love was at the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University reworking her song “Hanging on Life.” Guided by her mentor César Alvarez (shaved head) and music director Patrick Sulken (round glasses) she was re-imagining a song that she had performed many times before, making a good song even better.

Love’s song is about a teenager (herself) struggling with decisions around her future who in Love’s words, “. . . felt I was barely hanging on as if life were a rope and I was being whipped around. Just this loss of control. So I wrote the song to claim back my control.”

Sulken said, “Breezy’s song . . . had such an amazing musical structure, and you could really hear her inner life through her singing voice.” Alvarez added, “This song was so sophisticated already, so we got to jump in far along in terms of how do we think about lyrics and melodic and harmonic content all coming together to create something magical.” About the workshop, Love said, “It’s been absolutely transformative. For someone like me, a rising artist to have such amazing quality instruction is just invaluable.”

All photos by Maloos Photography. Video by Victoria Hutter.

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