Lora Kelley | Both Hands

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Both Hands

by Lora Kelley

Genre: Country: Americana
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My grandmother died in February of 2016. It was a slow crumble into dementia, and we could feel the fabric of her personality unraveling in our hands. There’s nothing quite like watching someone beloved lose a sense of themselves and the people around them.

Shortly after she had passed away, and we had driven to her funeral in the south, my parents came to visit. We reminisced about Mo, as she was called, and our time with her. As they were leaving to return to Texas, I stood on the front porch of our house to watch them leave, and I lifted my hands to wave goodbye. My father rolled down his window and called out, “You look just like Mo, she always waved goodbye with both hands.”

I could see his tears, and I could feel mine burning the in corners of my eyes. He was right. She couldn’t remember herself, but I could remember her.

I went up stairs, and I wrote the first single, “Both Hands.”
In the years that have followed that, other beloved friends in our community have died; our country has seen a wave of tragedy and sorrow - of grief and determination. What is our identity?

It’s not that this forthcoming EP seeks to make a statement about a collective identity, but writing it has helped me grapple with my own sense of who I am, my own grief and grit and how they tend each other and us in the midst of life’s beauty and suffering.

“It’s strange how time takes your memories away/ Like a rope in time will fray/ til all that’s left of you is what someone else has to say/ about what they remember about the life you gave/“

The concept for the music video was a tribute to the haziness and clarity of memory. The house in the video echoed back to me all of my very young childhood memories of visiting my grandparent’s house at Mississippi State in Starkville, Ms: Wide front porches, sweet tea stuffed with ice and catching lightening bugs in the backyard.

For my own children, all that is left of these very formative people - are the stories that I can remember and tell - about how my grandmother laughed or the way grandfather would scoop me up and call me sugar. In many ways there is an ethereal quality to every account.. and my video director, Naz, and I wanted to capture that feeling both with the music (produced by Steve Greenwell) and with the cinematic imagery.

For me, this EP is about naming losses and claiming strengths and my own is that it will speak these places for others, as well.



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