Kyle White ‘happy just to sing’ in ToledoWritten by Julie Ryan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: Toledo Free Press and FOX Toledo are profiling, in random order, the top five vote-getters in the “Song of Toledo” contest. The winner will be revealed May 20.
Last summer, the phrase “won’t throw stones at Glass Cities” floated into her head, and Kyle White couldn’t get it out. She knew it represented an emotion she needed to express. At home on a June evening, White spent hours writing and recording – creating – the song “Glass Cities.”
“It’s really just something that I needed to get out, and it just came out. I’ve always been that way, even like painting or drawing. I will sit down and be completely focused and do it from beginning to end,” the Toledo songwriter said. “It’s not really that I wrote it as a song about Toledo. It is a song about how I feel about Toledo.”
White said she felt that she “had to” write the song – she needed to express her personal experiences.
“A lot of the reason I wrote it is that I’m always having to defend Toledo to people and explain to them why it’s such a great place and how we have it a lot better than other people and that they just don’t know what to look for, they’re only seeing the negative in things,” she said.
“Glass Cities” will appear on White’s new album, which she began recording in January and hopes to release in August. E.J. Wells, owner of Happyland Recording outside of Waterville, works with White and studio-recorded “Glass Cities.”
“Kyle’s song, while it is about Toledo, she didn’t write it for that purpose,” Wells said. “It’s not really about the town, it’s about sort of acceptance and not having to follow a trend of putting things down because they are not as hip as the next thing.”
White said the line before the chorus, “This is where my life was meant to be,” rings true for her.
“I do feel that way. I’ve had the opportunity to leave. I don’t have kids; I’m not married with kids – I could get up and go where I want – but I want to be here,” she said.
White said she enjoys Toledo, first of all, because of the people who are “genuine and nice.” She also loves the river and spends as much time as possible on her 18-foot ski boat. White is a self-described “travel bug” and has been to all but four states. Thus, she enjoys the city’s central location to Manhattan, Nashville, Tenn., and Chicago.
But she doesn’t look at Toledo through rose-colored glasses, either. With springtime comes potholes, she said. Two years ago, while driving down Glendale, she got two flat tires on the same night.
White said she was happy she was able to submit the song into the contest, but admitted that she doesn’t write music to win contests. She was happy to find out other people think positively of her city and were inspired to write a song about it.
“So, whatever comes of it, I’m happy living here and playing music for a living.”