Lost Ones.. an open love letter.. (ptI)

(*note - reprinted from viviansessoms.com - feb 2008) Dear Lauren & D.. I just gotta ask..... Where are you? Do you know we miss you? Do you know we are all here waiting patiently for the 2 of you to return and grace us with your music? Do you know how much you are loved, championed, and adored by the rest of us? Lauren.. We've all heard the stories.. We know it's hard living your life out in the open for all the world to see and sometimes judge, but I promise you, the people that judge you are not your real fans or at least not your best fans. We know you had unpleasant dramas with your former co-producers and writers but did you know... we don't care? Do you know how many of us don't give a damn if you didn't write a fucking word on 'Miseducation' because the bottom line is NOBODY could sing those songs like you do? And I'm not even saying you didn't write those songs, I'm just saying most of us don't care! Because your voice, your presentation, YOU are such a magnificent talent, you could sing tha' damn phonebook and I'd still be first in line to buy it! I still listen to 'Miseducation' and your 'MTV Unplugged' cd's today and I still love them every bit as much today as I did when I first heard them. I remember the first time I heard 'Lost Ones', I was in a store in Greenwhich Village in New York. I was in a fitting room trying on clothes, that song came on and I was like 'OH SHIT!' I came out of the fitting room and started dancing.. (I put my clothes back on 1st, haha) When that song went off I walked right over to Tower Records to find out when the album would be released and if the single was available. That was back in the day when you could still buy a cd single and if it wasn't out yet you'd wait patiently for the song to come on the radio. I remember how people used to talk about 'Miseducation' being groundbreaking and innovative and fresh, and it was, it was all that and more. People were comparing it to Bob Marley and the Beatles. Maybe there have been other personal dramas in your life, demons you've had to put to rest.. We all understand the need for private time and a personal life but PLEASE don't let whatever those issues are make you stay away from us forever. We need your thoughts, your ideas and your emotion, we need that voice. We need you.. (To be con't..)