What I learned from Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries

Dolores O'Riordan left this world a few weeks ago. It still breaks me down. I have listened to The Cranberries every day since she left.

  1. Linger - The Cranberries came to me at a time when I predominately listened to 90s R&B - En Vogue, Shai and Tevin Cambell and Babyface. By this point, the local R&B station, Power 102, started playing The Cure Just Like Heaven. The day I first heard Linger on MTV, I went to the mall and bought the cassette single. I distinctly remember sitting in a family friend's car on the ride home and asked Mrs. Driggers if we could listen to the single. I asked her to continuously rewind the song and play it again.
  2. Dolores' Signature Voice - 1994 I didn't know how to sing. Let me rephrase. I could sing notes. But I so desperately wanted a voice with a wide vibrato like Dolores. It's taken me a long time to become comfortable with my voice.
  3. Don't Give Up On The Single - The Cranberries released Linger as a single in February 1993 and February 1994. It wasn't until the second time that people took notice.
  4. Do What Is Right For The Song - Noel Hogan played lead guitar for The Cranberries. And every time, I hear a Cranberries track all I can think about is how Noel lets the track breathe. His guitar playing remains concise. Each note poses gingerly - like a ballerina. Each note moves from one position to the next with ease. I need to think simply about playing my leads.
  5. Thank You - Dolores. Thank you for sharing your art. I wish I would have seen you play live before you left. If you, Pearl Jam and The Cure would not have shared your art, I may have never migrated to live instrumentation. The 1994 and 2018 version of Antonio thanks you.


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