Being taken away by Megan Graney's new single 'Waves'.
Where does the soul of your music come from?
The soul of my music comes from the music I was raised with as a kid. My parents were raised in Oakland so my ear started turning more towards old school soul, R&B, and jazz. We only had a handful of albums that rotated in the car: Sade, Toni Braxton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Tony Bennett to name a few.
Growing up in the Bay Area, the radio often played Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Bill Withers, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, The Temptations, etc. All the soulful music you could think of was actively playing. A lot of my stylistic choices have been inspired from that era. These artists dedicated their careers to writing timeless music that made people feel something.
You have this amazing sound that takes us away for a moment while listening to you. Was this the idea behind your latest single 'Waves'?
Wow, this was absolutely the idea behind my latest single ‘Waves’! I wanted to create a song that would help people go inward while listening to it. The song covers some heavy emotional terrain, honoring the loss of a loved one. Particularly at the end my co-writer, Mitchell, and I wanted to stack lush vocal harmonies that would help the listener feel transcended. The idea was to give an ethereal out-of-body experience. Almost a form of meditation, given through sonic healing.
What was the MOST important part of creating this song?
The most important part of creating this song was to honor the root intention: an homage to anyone who has gone through loss and grief on any level. Grief has many layers all throughout life. This song’s purpose was to give an outlet for everyone needing to tap into repressed emotions. ‘Waves’ is like a portal of vulnerability and encourages the listener to be brave in self-reflection. I strongly believe music, and this song, can soothe the aches and pain we feel after permanent loss.
Anything that ended up on the chopping block?
Yes! We originally wanted drums on this song, but ended up passing on the final product. Percussion can provide a rooted momentum, which altered the song’s pace and feel. I envisioned ‘Waves’ to give you a floating feeling. In the end, the musician’s execution was incredible, but we felt it changed the song’s tone too much. It’s eye opening to see how much one instrument can make or break a song!
How much love did you put into Waves?
I put the highest love and purest intentions into ‘Waves’. This song captures a very tender part of my heart. It came from a place of heartbreak, but also the personal strength I gained from life’s experiences. After my father passed away last year, I began to process how complex people are. This song really helped me embrace the duality of people and meeting that with unconditional love. Easier said than done, the song also released a good deal of anger that began to soften over time. Grief is a never ending journey to accept things as they are.
I put so much compassion into writing this song. It was a way for me to honor future memories that will continue to exist in his absence: getting married, having children, singing songs inspired by my life and upbringing. All of us will experience the loss of a parent or loved one, it’s just a matter of when. I have endless love and humility for those navigating grief. Life is fragile. Facing mortality has made me treasure time and my quality of life.
Is there a fine line of revealing too much of yourself in your music?
I think there’s a fine line of revealing too much of yourself in your music, it’s a bit of both. I like to talk in code through my music with symbolism. I think it’s important to keep certain things in life private, holding very personal moments close to the chest. I do think it’s important to write about experiences that are universal, even if it may feel too vulnerable or revealing. We’re facing a major deficit in the collective’s healing process.
Now more than ever, I’ve felt very pulled to write songs that are intended to help people feel better. If I allowed my ego to have a say, most of these songs wouldn’t have been released because they expose a large part of myself. I am blessed to have reliable soundboards; a support system that informs me if a song goes too far or not.
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