Linq

Linq

 Royalston, Massachusetts, USA
SoloFolkRock

Music with a message! Linq pens refreshingly direct genre-blurring folk-rock tunes that will make you laugh, cry, dance around your living room or call your congress person, some at the same time.

Biography

“Her lyrics challenge listeners the way that Michael Moore challenges viewers.”
Ann Forcier, The Recorder, Greenfield, MA

She saw Led Zeppelin on their first US tour and loves Joan Baez, but don’t expect some wide-eyed hippie in tie-dye cooing about love and daisies. Sure, if you went to the first Woodstock and you want peace-loving music, you’ve come to the right place, but your kids will also love her refreshingly direct folk-rock with a touch of blues, vintage R&B and yep, even techno, with anthems that’ll make you dance around your living room or call your congress person, some at the same time.

Like so many others, she took piano as a kid and taught herself the guitar as a young adult, but she made a detour to become a pharmacist. Not just one of those white-coated clerks at a chain store, but at her own store. At the young age of 55, she climbed up on stage, sans the lab coat, and sang for an audience that was so enthusiastic that soon after she sold the pharmacy and made music a focus. Linq does nothing halfway, diving into the music world with a single in 2003 and then her first album Journey in 2004. Another full-length album, Fast Moving Dream, came out in 2006, and a 2-song enhanced CD with video, Change the Picture, George!, was released in 2007. Full-length albums Life Goes On and Rx and the Side Effects were both released in 2009. Oh Bully was released as a single in 2010 and a full-length live solo album Caught in the Act Acoustic in 2011.

Linq performs around New England and at selected gigs outside the region including BB King’s Blues Club in Nashville in 2009 and the 2011 We R Indie/Indiegrrl International Conference in Knoxville. Her first video, “George Orwell Where Are You?” has remained near the top of the list of Neil Young’s Living With War Today Top Protest Videos since it debuted in 2007. She’s been the featured artist on several sites including Indiegrrl, Gay Guitarists Worldwide, GoGirls and more.

Awards include an Honorable Mention for “Tired” from the International Narrative Song Competition, in the top 50 in the American Idol Underground (“Victim of the War”), and Fast Moving Dream was in the top 40 on the Outvoice charts for an entire year. "Change the Picture" from Change the Picture, George! and also available on Life Goes On, was nominated for the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards (world’s largest with 560,000 song submissions) in the Political Song category. Linq was also one of the five nominees for OUTMusician of the Year (music + activism) in the 2009 OUTMusic Awards, and she was named Musical Artist of 2009 in the 2009 Pride in the Arts Awards. David Byrne of The Windy City Times (Chicago, IL) named title track “Life Goes On” the 2009 Song of the Year. She was named OUTstanding OUTMusician at the 7th Annual OUTMusic Awards in May 2011 and was one of the finalists in a Songwriter Showdown in Knoxville in August 2011.

Rx and the Side Effects broke into the Roots Music Report Top 50 Folk the first week out and remained there for five weeks, peaking at #23 the week of September 25, 2009. The album also peaked at #4 in the Massachusetts Section (all genres) the same week. Curve Magazine calls “No Person on the Line” the “best healthcare rage song ever.”

Linq believes that music is the most effective tool we have to bring people together, to celebrate each other and to break down barriers. And if it takes a former pharmacist to do that, all the better. It’s a medicine we can all use.

Lyrics

Where Will the Wild Ones Go

Written By: Diane "Linq" Lincoln

THE FLICK OF A TAIL, THE BLINK OF AN EYE
LURKERS IN THE SHADOWS, A DISTANT CRY
DARKNESS PALES, DAWN BREAKS CLEAR
BUT THERE’S A RUMBLE IN THE DISTANCE THAT THE WILD ONES HEAR
AND WHERE WILL THE WILD ONES GO
IN THE WAKE OF THE BULLDOZER BLADE
WHERE WILL THE WILD ONES GO

CHAINSAWS ROAR, ANOTHER TREE FALLS
FORESTS TOPPLE FOR SHOPPING MALLS
WILD ONES SCRAMBLE WHILE HUMANS PLOT
THE NEXT INVASION OF THEIR CAMELOT
AND WHERE WILL THE WILD ONES GO
IN THE WAKE OF THE BULLDOZER BLADE
WHERE WILL THE WILD ONES GO

BLACK BEAR WANDERED INTO TOWN
IN SEARCH OF FOOD AND A PLACE TO LIE DOWN
BUT THE CROWD THEY SAW HIM AND THEY GATHERED ‘ROUND
THEN THEY SHOT HIM, SHOT HIM TO THE GROUND
NO PLACE LEFT TO GO
IN THE WAKE OF THE BULLDOZER BLADE
NO PLACE LEFT TO GO

SO WHERE WILL THE WILD ONES GO
IN THE WAKE OF THE BULLDOZER BLADE
WHERE WILL THE WILD ONES GO
WHERE WILL THE WILD ONES GO

Life Goes On

Written By: Diane "Linq" Lincoln

PEOPLE COME TOGETHER
PEOPLE FALL APART
NEW LOVERS FIND THEIR PASSION
THEN IT ENDS WITH A BROKEN HEART

BUT ONE THING IS SURE... LIFE GOES ON

GOOD FRIENDS, THEY FIND EACH OTHER
BUT SOMETIMES GOOD FRIENDS DRIFT AWAY
DIFFERENT LIVES CHANGING FOCUS
AND REASONS HARD TO SAY

BUT ONE THING IS SURE... LIFE GOES ON
YEAH ONE THING IS SURE... LIFE GOES ON

LIFE IS IN THE PRESENT
NOT THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST
THE ONLY THING CERTAIN IS CHANGE
NOTHING LASTS

AND LIFE GOES ON
YEAH ONE THING IS SURE... LIFE GOES ON

WE ARE IN THE MOMENT
THE MOMENT CAN SET YOU FREE
OPEN UP YOUR HEART AND YOU WILL SEE
THAT LIFE GOES ON
LIFE GOES ON
LIFE GOES ON...

Prescription Chaos

Written By: Diane "Linq" Lincoln

There are ads on the TV and the radio
In newspapers and magazines too
The drug industry is marketing you

They can create a desire, create a disease
Convince you that you might be ill
So you’ll run to your doctor’s office for their new little pill

CHORUS: Prescription chaos
It’s the American way
We can all feel better
Take some drugs today

They used to search for cures
Now they MANAGE your disease
So they can sell you their products until you’re deceased

Now don’t get me wrong, medication can save lives
But there’s more harm done than good when it’s over prescribed

CHORUS: Prescription chaos
It’s the American way
We can all feel better
Take some drugs today

They understate the danger; don’t want you to know all the facts
If you did you wouldn’t buy their products
And they can’t have that

CHORUS: Prescription chaos
It’s the American way
We can all feel better
Take some drugs today

Take more drugs today More, more drugs today

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Oh Bully

Written By: Diane "Linq" Lincoln

Beautiful boy with an easy smile
Gentle soul and a flair for style
Tried his best to please his mom
Did his chores, got his homework done

Bully coiled to attack
That beautiful lad in the schoolyard
Enlisting his gang to sink their fangs
Into that child’s innocent heart

Oh bully what have you done
You said you and your gang were just having fun
Calling him “faggot”, calling him “queer”
Spewing your venom into his ear

But the day arrived the lad couldn’t go inside
That schoolyard so filled with pending doom
So he stayed at home instead
And hung himself in his room

Oh bully what have you done
You said you and your gang were just having fun
Calling him “faggot”, calling him “queer”
Spewing your venom into his ear

Now beneath the cold gray sky the hearse rolls by
Cars snaking along behind
And the kids in the gang come over and hang
At the edge of the sidewalk to try

And catch a glimpse of the ghost that will
Haunt them the rest of their lives

Oh bully what have you done
You murdered a child with your hateful tongue
Calling him faggot, calling him queer
But he can no longer hear

Nothing Left To Give

Written By: Diane "Linq" Lincoln

HOW DO I TELL YOU GENTLY
THAT I DON’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE
OUR TICKET TO FOREVER
LIES IN PIECES ON THE FLOOR
‘CAUSE YOU USED ME UP
AND YOU WORE ME DOWN
I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE

WELL OUR ROSE-LINED PATH TO HAPPINESS
GOT OVERTAKEN BY THE THORNS
SCRATCHED AND BLEEDING
I KNOW IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON
‘CAUSE YOU USED ME UP
AND YOU WORE ME DOWN
I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE

I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE
‘CAUSE YOU USED ME UP, OH YES YOU DID
I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE
‘CAUSE YOU WORE ME DOWN
YEAH YOU USED ME UP
AND YOU WORE ME DOWN
I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE

YOU SAY YOU STILL WANT TO BE MY FRIEND
YOU’D LIKE TO COME AROUND HERE
BUT THAT JUST CAN’T HAPPEN NOW, OH NO
‘CAUSE IT’S PERFECTLY CLEAR, OH YES IT IS
THAT YOU USED ME UP
AND YOU WORE ME DOWN
I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE

Discography

Caught in the Act Acoustic (September 2011)
Oh Bully (2010 - single)
Rx and the Side Effects (August 2009)
Life Goes On (April 2009)
Change the Picture, George! (2007 – 2-song enhanced CD)
Fast Moving Dream (2006)
Journey (2004)
War Machine (2003 – single)

Every track released has had radio airplay and/or internet streaming up to Caught in the Act Acoustic, which has already been added by several stations since its September 27th release. Nine of the eleven tracks from the new album have already been aired.

Set List

The set list can be tailored to the type of venue and/or audience. It can be political or not, have a strong GLBT focus or not, and consist of all original material or incorporate a few cover songs. Covers include such diverse tracks as a finger-picked "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan), "Love Hurts" (Nazareth), "Lately" (Shawn Mullins), "Hockey Skates" (Kathleen Edwards), "It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go" (Nanci Griffith), "Where I Stood" (Missy Higgins) and "Hey World" (Michael Franti).