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Pittsburgh Artist of the Week: Lindsay Dragan ‘Everywhere’

If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of love at first sight, Pittsburgh musician Lindsay Dragan can relate — at least when it comes to her guitar.

“I loved it from the moment I picked it up,” she says, “and, you know, despite going all the way up through grad school for English, this is what I’d rather do.”

Though music technically won, nobody would argue that having a degree in English doesn’t come in handy when writing songs.

“My focus was poetry which, you know, is a lot like song lyrics, it’s close,” she said.

Lindsay is the kind of writer who finds inspiration everywhere and knows that it could come knocking at a moment’s notice. These days, however, she’s finding she needs to be a bit more deliberate about the process.

“I feel like it’s had to become a little more structured since having my daughter,” she said. “Now it’s kind of like I have to carve out time or take advantage of free time. It’s not totally structured, though. I’m not one of those writers that’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna go write a song now.’ It’s still somewhat spontaneous, but it has, out of necessity, had to become a little more structured.”

Those little moments have been productive and cathartic for Lindsay and you can hear it on her latest single, “Everywhere.”

“It was written in the wake of the Parkland shooting,” she said. “It just really hit me hard. At one point I was paralyzed with fear to send her to school. I remember saying to my husband, ‘Are we just sending her to her death because nobody’s doing anything.’ That’s what ‘Everywhere’ is about. I wrote it while she was taking her afternoon nap and I just, kind of, tried to pour my frustration into something that keeps repeating itself, you know, it’s everywhere. The chorus is: it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere. It’s literally everywhere.”

Joey Spehar is a Pittsburgh native who started as a volunteer D.J. at WYEP, fresh out of college in 2006. He took on any job they’d let him do like editing audio, engineering remote broadcasts, and shoveling snow.