These four songs have no specific theme but are layers of collected color from the past year and a half that describe days of varied emotion. There was never a solid color that kept appearing as my year was never only black, yellow, blue, red, or grey. My year was a mixture of diversified color, while discovering different shades in-between. I enjoyed writing these songs and am very excited to share them.
Paul Stevens and I recorded this EP at my house in Atlanta, GA. I first met Paul at an open mic a couple months back. He had a homemade tambourine attached to one foot, played a drum with the other foot, and picked the guitar with his fingers; while singing about his mother being a librarian.
While deciding which five songs to record, “Earth” by Sleeping at Last came up as an interesting side project idea. The song has always pulled me in, lyrically, as well as melodically. I think the songs or records we love/listen to the most validate something in us or seek to validate something in us. “Earth” has been one of those songs for me. It shaped up to be one of my favorites so I added it to the EP. Though, I will never be able to perform it as well as Sleeping at Last, I had an amazing time recording such a great tune.
My hope is that these songs resonate with people at whatever time in their life they stumble upon them. This small collection of songs describe pages of a chapter in my life that hit me the hardest; black, yellow, red, grey, white, blue-not just good or bad. They have helped me navigate my way about.
I would like to thank Paul Stevens for producing, mixing, and playing on these five tracks, Matthew Pendrick for playing electric guitar and Jacob Powers for playing electric bass. I would also like to thank Lauren Love for her generous spirt, musicality (I think that is a word), and laughs. My family has been awesome as well; thank you for your support and enthusiasm, Mom, Dad, Todd, Elle, and Chas.
“Our world requires that decisions be sourced and footnoted, and if we say how we feel, we must also be prepared to elaborate on why we feel that way...We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that - sometimes - we're better off that way.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
This is probably the most upbeat song on the EP. I wanted to challenge myself and write something different. I wrote Criminal from a friends perspective, regarding the highs and lows of her relationship with her boyfriend.
I can never fully explain this song as it is probably the most complex on the EP but also very simple. If you want the full story, you have to take me out for a coffee.
Funny Kid -
Funny Kid is about a little crush that came and went. I wrote the first verse and chorus during the winter and finished it up a few months later. The second verse was written about a different relationship but still fits under the topic of thinking about someone who most likely isn't thinking of you.
Holding On -
Holding On was one of the first songs I ever wrote that described exactly how I was feeling at the time. I hit a rough spot for a little bit and was tired of everyone telling me to "stay strong." I remember sitting on my bedroom floor with a notebook propped on top of a stool. I started writing and later grabbed my guitar to add music. This song helped me get through a lot.