Music Reflects Singer's Life Philosophy; Lady Daisey Values Being Free of Too Many Possessions

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Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY

Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.

In a whispery voice, Lady Daisey introduces her debut solo album, "In My Pocket," with that simple reminder. Chill beats by her husband, Batsauce, kick in with ease on the opening track.

"Sometimes we forget to breathe," she said this week by phone.

About a year ago, she was hit by a full-blown panic attack. Chest pains, a trip to the hospital - all that was a big eye-opener, she said.

So she started to practice breathing techniques, and "4 a.m.," the first song on the album, was born. It sets the tone for the album released this week by BBE Records: Relax. Dance. Let it out. Keep it funky.

On "Soul Strut," she sums it up: Hold on, wait a minute ... you gotta keep pushing, pushin' all through the day, so when the nighttime finally arrives, you can dance it all away.

Lady Daisey talked to the Times-Union on Monday from her apartment in Berlin, where the Jacksonville couple has lived for about two years. They've been together about nine years, and married for five. Before moving, they performed here as Heavenly Noise.

"It's a beautiful thing," she says of working so closely with her spouse. Because they're almost always together, the musical process is constantly happening, she said, and that probably wouldn't happen with any other producer.

Batsauce knows her so well, he helps write the lyrics. He wrote the song "My Story," and nailed it, she said. On the track, she tells of growing up on the road with her parents' cover band in the 1970s and early 1980s. …