The Swing of Life: Interview with Alex Pangman

“You’ve got one life, one shot, and all the power to make it happen,” is the figurative back album sticker to Alex Pangman’s entity. With the diagnoses of Cystic Fibrosis from birth and the prophesy lifespan of 20, Alex’s parents knew her quick draw to music would be the focus of what makes her happy. Pangman realized early on that a doctor can do a lot for you, but it’s in you to keep the passion alive.

After an attempt at university, the drop out due to health turned into a learning experience by finding her identity as a singer instead of a music curator and the great meaning of music produced in the 1930s. She describes it as “beautiful, poetic, and able to bounce people out of a shitty time.” Pangman held onto the rhythm so tight as she felt it was medicine for her soul, something that is not often appreciated on today’s radio.

Traditionally rooted music like jazz is not always flashy and over-processed, which is a big part of Alex’s career by keeping the genre alive. Though what it does have is strong melodies and lyrics that deliver heartache in a different way that springs from many influences in that artist’s life. For Alex, she writes music best with the company of just her guitar or piano. Pangman tries to improve her vocabulary by reading classics to challenge the clash of two worlds. This comes with finding a gem in sound that in most cases cannot seem to get their flirty fingers off a record player.

Alex stated, “When you make a record you test it out on different sound systems such as in your car or on your phone but, the analog area is so groovy that it just sounds best the old school way, on a 78 turntable and old tube speakers.”

However, Alex Pangman’s love for a great swing isn’t just found in music, it was also through her preadolescence horse which she admits that they absolutely have great rhythm and also very giving and patient. They say each gait for a horse produces a different cadence just like how versatile a beat can be. So maybe Alex’s great ear just might have to be credited to someone else.

The journey between Alex’s music and activism together is far from over as a continued advocate for organ donations. Pangman stated how unbelievable science is today and how we need to encourage people to realize the major amounts of hope you are giving to someone else. “We recycle paper and cans, but we can also recycle our bodies and be able to give a parent back to their kid. You see people in waiting rooms hoping it comes in time and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Over 1,600 Canadians are added to an organ waitlist every year. A single organ donor may save up to eight people and a tissue donor can enhance the lives of up to fifty people.

How can you donate? Most Canadians consent to donate after death however, there is a possibility you can donate while you are still alive. To find out more visit:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/healthy-living/blood-organ-tissue-donation.html

I want to thank Alex for her great generosity of opening-up her lived experience to our community of philanthropists and I hope this inspires every reader to find the power in them to know you can change someone’s life today and in the future by just saying “yes.”

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