The classical Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”
Local musician Heather Lingle studied philosophy for her master’s degree, and understands the quote well. She wrote the songs on her debut album, “Coyote Beauty,” to reflect the personal wisdom of love, relationships and making difficult decisions.
“It took me a few months to even listen to that CD,” Lingle admitted in a recent interview with The Montana Standard. “It was a little too close to home.”
Lingle will host a CD release party Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Quarry Brewery featuring live performances of tracks off the album, including her chart-climbing single “Last Call on Love.”
The music is a blend of folk, rock and Americana that Lingle describes as “roots country.” A self-taught guitarist, she began experimenting with songwriting after first coming to Butte in 2007.
“There’s a real artistic and creative freedom here,” she said. “The people I’ve met are so open-minded and accepting. It’s just such a grateful town.”
Lingle grew up in a small town in central Texas, where she said she was surrounded by a more strict and rigid sense of morality. She pursued music as a means of playing with different ideas, and expressing deeply internal emotions.
“Coyote Beautiful” deals with personal growth through pain, Lingle said, and escaping from one lifestyle to another.
“Personal growth comes through pain and suffering,” she said. “It hurts like hell, but it creates something so much more beautiful. I wouldn’t trade any of my painful experiences for an easier life.”
To sing and belt out the hard times is empowering, Lingle said – especially in a town like Butte, where she knows the community is willing to embrace the tough times with open arms.
“Maybe that’s why I’m so happy, because I have a way to express the melancholy side,” she said with a smile.
The CD release party begins at 5:30 p.m. Copies of the album will be on sale.
Watch Heather Lingle perform live online at mtstandard.com.