Hallberg called a workshop in Boone, NC where she spoke to luthier apprentice Clarence Eugene and discovered that the main luthier at the shop, Clarence McKinney, had passed away the day before from lung cancer.
Eugene later sent Hallberg her first dulcimer “Henrietta,” one of the last dulcimers made by McKinney before he passed.
“I take this tale all over the world where I play and it feels really nice because it’s a sad way to get into the style but it’s meaningful, for sure,” Hallberg said.
“One of the main objectives of my brand is to bring this instrument to a younger crowd,” Hallberg said. “I just finished recording an album that has the dulcimer on it and that’s why I’m doing Tiktok, as well. This is the discussion I have with every dulcimer maker I meet, how do we bring this to a younger generation.”
“Cause I Can’s” magic lies in Hallberg’s ability to tell a story of self-acceptance in spite of one’s flaws in an imaginative manner that inspires listeners to do look inward and do the same. And whether the result of her stunningly clear vocals or due to the track’s feel-good folk nature, “Cause I Can” feels like a warm blanket that I’d to be wrapped up in indefinitely. Thus, as I escape into my own imagined alternate realities, I’ll rely on this song to take me there.
If contemporary feminist acuity impaled the deck to lull and roar all together “I am not here to be your mother, I am not your teacher,” Hallberg’s “Last Love” is an ode to one’s own time. This time she cuts a mischievous long finger to self-realization in the full glory of independence.
New York-based Pop artist, Helena Hallberg, is delighted to share her new single “Last Love”, due April 24th, 2020. The song continues the artist’s exploration in her adamance of staying true to herself. With the lyrics and music crafted by Helena Hallberg, Last Love unapologetically reinforces the immutable choice of refusing to waste love on someone who doesn’t deserve it. Through all troubled and happy times, sticking to your roots and knowing yourself well enough to realize when someone isn’t worth the trouble always prevails.