How Alicia Lives Forever

When Alicia Lemke from Alice and the Glass Lake came to perform at Harmony Presents, her strong spirit was so clearly apparent. Those of us in the audience that night knew we were lucky, but I don’t think we realized how much. About a year after Alicia performed at Harmony Presents, she was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and two years after that, she passed away. So many people that should have had the opportunity to meet her, didn’t get the chance, but I was incredibly fortunate. Today is the two year anniversary of her death. When Alicia came to perform in Hawley, PA, her beauty permeated through her music and left me, among others, affected forever.

I’ll never forget the introduction to her song “Paracosm” which, by Wikipedia’s definition is, “is a detailed imaginary world created inside one’s mind. This fantasy world may involve humans, animals, and things that exist in reality; or it may also contain entities that are entirely imaginary, alien, and otherworldly. Commonly having its own geography, history, and languages, the experience of such a paracosm is often developed during childhood and continues over a long period of time: months or even years.” The concept is beautiful, but Alicia’s description was heart-stopping, and then she sang to us. She brought us to different worlds in each of her songs. Everyone in the room drifted somewhere better. When I think of Alicia now, I hope she’s in the paracosm of her childhood; a place where the trees talk to her and protect her, where the earth is always warm and the birds are her closest friends.

Today, Alicia’s parents wrote a Facebook post, which both broke my heart and strengthened my resolve that what we do and what we create and share together¬†is our biggest legacy. I hope you take a moment to breath in the life force that was, and will always be, Alicia Lemke.

Here is the acoustic version of “Higher”¬†which her parents generously released today.

<3 Jill Carletti

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