Sunday, January 28, 2018

Wander with Me

I haven't done this before, but I figured there is a first time for everything.

I am always on the look for new music. I am not necessarily picky, I just don't branch out. But then I found Brittany Jean had a new CD coming out.

Brittany does what I believe would be classified as country. It is a soft, old fashioned country and I love it.

Her newest CD is called Wander with Me and is my favorite yet. It makes me feel nostalgic for summer and my brothers and the mishaps we got ourselves into.

My favorite song in this CD was hard to pick, but it would have to be Smoke and Mirrors. I love that one so much.

I had a chance to interview Brittany, which I am posting below.

Her CD can be found online at her website, amazon, and ITunes.

What's your favorite song? 

My favorite song… From my newest album, I’d say “Dear Heart” is my favorite.

“Dear Heart” was written at a time when I was really, really… stressed. Anxious. Discouraged.

In the midst of this, I read a passage from C.S. Lewis' book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader...

There's a part where all the heroes are on a ship (the Dawn Treader), and they sail into a dark fog. They sail for what seems like forever--losing all track of time, and they get completely lost.

Until… finally, Lucy calls out for Aslan's help. Ahead, they see a beam of light cut through the fog, and a bird flies down and around the mast. As it flies around them, Lucy is the only one who hears the words "Courage, dear heart.” Able to follow after the bird, the ship escapes the darkness.

I've always loved that part of the book, and when I started writing this song, I needed to hear those words myself: "Courage, dear heart.”

This song was written overnight, and it broke the floodgates which led to writing a couple of the other songs on the album.

“Dear Heart” is for anyone who needs it.

How does your family inspire you? 

My family has been literal inspiration (“Rise and Fall”, “Really Truly Only”…), they’ve shared their ideas for songs (“Like No Tomorrow”, “Smoke and Mirrors”…), and they’ve written songs with me; but… the way they’ve inspired me the most is in the way they all live their lives and pursue their own dreams. I’ve seen my parents and my siblings live fearlessly—full of hope, and that’s how I want to live.

Did they encourage you to do this? 

They did, and they do. In many ways, they’ve given me the courage and confidence to pursue this career… I’ve been told a few times by people I meet at my shows that I'm extremely fortunate to have the support of my family, and I know it. I know there are many artists out there who are on their own, so to speak, and I’m very glad to not be alone in this massive world of the music industry. It’s nice to know that my mom and dad and my brothers and sisters are right there with me.

Who inspires you most? 

I’d say… the people who have the courage to get back up after they’ve been knocked to the ground. I was thinking about specific people to answer this question, and then I noticed that this is what they have in common. The people who don’t give up. There’s something so heroic about that—perseverance in the face of adversity. People like a husband and wife learning to dance again when they’ve lost too many times… People with a “wilderness for heart” who are trying to find their own way instead of simply taking the road in front of them—even if their way is more difficult… People like the soldiers running into a burning building over and over to try and rescue those inside… People who aren’t too afraid to fall to try… These are people who inspire me most—the ones who keep going and don’t give up.

Who is your favorite singer? 

Oh my goodness… Okay, let me think… Ah, it’s so hard to choose just one!

*indecisive implosion*

Alison Krauss. She has such a beautiful, heartstring-pulling voice, and I love her style. I had the opportunity to go to one of her concerts with Union Station, and I loved it. If you haven’t heard of her, go check out her music!

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