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Of loss and young love

Shaker High grad Dana Lee Hom releasing first album, “Almost Gone”

Eighteen-year-old Dana Lee Hom finished Shaker High School a year early to attend Berklee College of Music and once she officially releases her album on May 6, she’s hoping to finish up her music business and vocal performance dual major a year early so she can move to New York City or Los Angeles.

Eighteen-year-old Dana Lee Hom finished Shaker High School a year early to attend Berklee College of Music and once she officially releases her album on May 6, she’s hoping to finish up her music business and vocal performance dual major a year early so she can move to New York City or Los Angeles. Submitted photo

— Those different levels of emotion are what Hom is hoping her listeners will cling to. She said she knows not everyone will like her indie/pop sound, but her lyrics, which “paint memories and touch upon specifics” are what she thinks will be most relatable.

“I think everyone feels sad. I think the beautiful thing about music is that it can unite people who wouldn’t otherwise feel united,” she said. “Love is a kind of universal emotion. Close to everyone has experienced that (when you’ve) lost someone … you feel bottomless, like you can’t breathe … and then you breathe again.”

Hom released a music video with Boston-based company Long Haul Films for one of the album’s tracks, “Grow Old,” last week. Since its debut, the video has racked up close to 11,500 views on YouTube. She said for the video, she really focused on getting the theme of the song across, which is about thinking of growing old with someone.

“You really truly believed you were going to grow old with that person and that it was that simple,” she said. “The song is a good portrayal of being jaded and pure, being a child and being an adult. There’s a huge dichotomy with younger me and older me.”

For the album itself, Hom teamed up with fellow Berklee student Paul Garcia, who aspires to be a producer, and recorded the songs in his apartment. All of the songs feature Hom singing and playing piano, but some tracks include bass, drums, guitar and strings.

Now that the album is finished and ready to release, Hom said she’s working on new material.

“There’s always something to write about, and more opportunity to writing songs as you get older,” she said. “As I get older and find new chapters in my life, I’ll keep writing.”

Hom said she plans to play her music live this summer with some local gigs. To hear Hom’s music, visit facebook.com/danaleehom.

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