The Pegasus Awards

Lauren Cox IF

 

 

Pegasus Nominations

Year Category Sample
2019 Best Writer/Composer
2018 Best Writer/Composer  

 

Lauren Cox is an almost-twenty-four-year-old multi-instrumentalist, a singer, a writer of songs, and an acolyte of the folk tradition who lives in the lush mountains of East Tennessee. She stumbled into filk by befriending Cat Faber and never looked back once she found her chosen family. She plays quite a few instruments (ukulele, banjo, guitar, mandolin, autoharp, piano, and almost anything percussive) with varying degrees of proficiency, and owns even more instruments that she will properly teach herself to play at some point.

Music is just one of her creative outlets— she is also, among other things, an old school film photographer, a poet, and an artist. She graduated from a Southern Baptist college (ask her about that experience sometime) in 2018 with a BA in Photography and a minor in Creative Writing, and she currently works at a tea room in the Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. She lives with her partner Emma, a lover of ecology and video games, and three cats (Ansel, Henri, and Alli) near the top of a mountain.

For the second year in a row, she's beyond honored and rather bewildered to have been nominated for a Pegasus, but inexpressibly grateful nonetheless.


Representative Work for the 2019 Pegasus Awards

Magnitude is the first and only breakup song I've ever written. It was my first serious relationship (and a long-distance one at that), and with that came my first serious heartbreak. I'd heard breakups be compared to turbulent storms so often —all crashing rain and rolling thunder and surging waves— but to me it felt so much more like an earthquake. I'll also say that, for a while, the song felt like it had too much empty musical space in it. That is, until Dr. Mary Crowell added some improvised clarinet in a late-night filk circle at some FKO. Since then, I will not play the song unless I have her up on stage with me, and she deserves so much credit for taking it from a throwaway song to one of my very favorites I've ever written. - Lauren Cox

magnitude (mp3)

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oh, we should've known
when our families went a running
but we ignored the little trembles
we were in love; there was no earthquake coming
we thought the rumbles were thunder
and we both loved dancing in the rain
so we waited for a storm
but the waters never came

(chorus)
the earth spread between us
was always our weakness
oh, you were so far away
but this gaping chasm —
how it happened i can't fathom
call it distance
but we know it's something different

oh, there was a time
when i loved you more
than i've loved anything
i built a life, and it was all around you
oh, i was yours,
and darling, you were mine
but the miles and the silence . . .
love, we drew our own fault lines

(chorus)
the earth spread between us
was always our weakness
oh, you were so far away
but this gaping chasm —
how it happened i can't fathom
call it distance
but we know it's something different

oh, they say you can rebuild
from ashes into flame
but you can't get it all back;
some things will never be the same
so must we decide
where to cast the blame?
an earthquake is an earthquake
the rubble is all we can claim

(chorus)
the earth spread between us
was always our weakness
oh, you were so far away
but this gaping chasm —
how it happened i can't fathom
call it distance
but we know it's something different

 

 

 
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