Deanna DiLandro shares the story behind the gorgeous second single, written for her mother, from the band’s forthcoming record
I was blown away when I heard “Temporary,” the newest single from Brooklyn trio Powerlines, off their forthcoming album all of this is temporary(out April 9th). I was even more touched by the story behind the song, sent over by the band’s Deanna Dilandro and pasted in its entirety below.
Read her beautiful words, listen to the band’s beautiful track and remember to tell—and show—the people you love that you love them.
I wrote this song for my mamma in 2019, my Buddha, an absolute sunbeam, after she was diagnosed with glioblastoma. If you don’t know, glioblastoma is the most common, most aggressive form of brain cancer in adults. At this point it is entirely incurable. This frustrating news led to the toughest year of my life so far. It all happened so suddenly and the effects came on fast. She was in so much pain and discomfort, but she always loved when I would sing so I wanted to write her a song. People were always hovering and asking how she was feeling. The answer was always the same, but people were there and asking because she was so loved. I wanted to write something that might ease her pain and show I understood it. I wanted it to act as a conversation with her because it was something we could no longer have. The only thing she was really able to say until the end was, “I love you.”
During this period, Powerlines was also in the middle of recording our first album. I was still doing so much in the midst of caring for her. I had to. Saying it was difficult is an understatement. After a while I realized the song was as much for me as it was for her. It served to remind us that what we’re feeling and experiencing now is temporary. All of this is. “Temporary” is the centerpiece of our record for that reason.
If you’re going through a difficult time right now, a loss, heartbreak, depression, whatever it is, I encourage you to press play on this song and hold the people you love close to you. Also, I encourage anyone reading this to spread as much love as you fucking can because you never know what lies ahead. Do something for others when things seem out of control. Call. It’s all slipping through our fingers. It feels like hell then it goes away, it feels like hell and it goes away… and we grow.
My brother always says “If you’ve met me, you’ve met my mother” and I think he’s right. She is the reason I am. The love I feel from her and the love I feel for her will never die. The love she sparked in me, for life, for the world, for accessing spirituality and laughter, will always remain.
Feature image provided by the band.