By Andrew Ellis, Editor-in-Chief
After Shalo Lee wrote her upcoming single “One White Crow,” she got really sick. The pain was intense, but this song gave her comfort every day as it played in her head.
“That’s never happened before,” she says. “To be comforted by something I created, but there it was.”
Something as inexplainable as that is what compelled her to write the song in the first place. She wanted to send a message through song that invited people to open their minds to things and ideas they may not immediately understand or believe. That’s when her co-writer Owen remembered a quote from philosopher William James:
“If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn’t seek to show that no crows are; it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.”
She says the song pretty much wrote itself after at that point, and she hoped it would help other like it helped her. And that recent health scare isn’t the only time she’s had to put up a tough fight. She’s been through everything from a terrible car wreck to narrowly beating Lyme disease. And she believes her faith in God, the power of prayer, and many other sometimes hard-to-understand ideas helped keep her alive.
“I believe that a combination of all of these things is a large reason that I’m still able to be here,” she says. “And be able to write and perform these songs.”
The song has helped like she’d hoped it would as it’s gotten a great reception every time she’s performed it. Many fans have even come up to her saying they understood the song’s message and revealed how it affected them. With a response like that she decided to submit to the 4th volume of the Minnesota Country Salutes CD put out by TOTAL Country BOB FM. It will be released on Veteran’s Day, which is Saturday, November 11th.
“I hope that it helps the veterans and their families,” she says. “As well as anyone else who needs a positive message to get through what they could be going through as it did for me.”