Monday, April 28, 2014

So, here we are now, you can say anything...

"And we won't break if we let go.
You and I already know
We were bound to be set free eventually
So, here we are now
You can say anything."


You guys know that every so often I like to blog about some of my favorite artists/songwriters, maybe introduce some of you to an artist you've never heard before. You also know that I am passionate about honest songwriting. The artist that I'm blogging about today is seriously the definition of that. 

The lyrics above are from a song called, "Say Anything" written and recorded by, Tristan Prettyman. You can find that song (and lots more fantastic songs) on her latest album called, "Cedar and Gold."

I have so much love for, Tristan Prettyman. I've been a huge fan of her songwriting, music and voice for a long time. I was first introduced to her music about 7 years ago. A friend of mine had discovered her music and thought that I might like it as well. I remember the first song he played for me. It was a tune of hers called, "Simple As it Should Be" and I was totally hooked. It was one of the first times I had heard another female singer/songwriter that I really identified with. I remember thinking, "She writes about real life too! This is awesome!"

I love being a songwriter and I love singing my songs. I wouldn't ever want to do anything else. It's thrilling and terrifying and beautiful at the same time. It's thrilling because it's freeing and wonderful to sing what's on my mind and to realize things about life through doing that. I feel lucky that music is how I get to experience a lot of my life. It's terrifying because basically I'm saying, "Well alright everybody, thanks for coming to the reading of my personal journal this evening...let's start with my innermost feelings about my last relationship, shall we?" And it's beautiful because of the way that it can connect me with people. The power that music and lyrics has to connect people will forever astound me. The way one personal line of lyrics can help someone else finally make sense of a situation in their life or give a person an avenue to say something they've been meaning to say but haven't known how to say it is incredible. 

I have a deep appreciation for the honestly in, Tristan Prettyman's music. She is a writer I admire for saying exactly what's on her mind with no apologies. That's a really hard thing to do. It's so much easier to put a little sugarcoat on it or file down the rough edges. Tristan tells it like it is. She reminds me it's ok to let my music be my most honest space. I love that she seems to reflect that same honestly in the way she lives life. What you see is what you get. She takes risks and doesn't place boundaries on what she can and can't do musically. I've heard notes of country, blues, pop, folk...just about every style intertwined throughout her albums and I freaking love that. It feels like she holds tight to the concept that music and songwriting shouldn't have boundaries and she lets the songs go where they need to go. 

The more life I live, the more I realize how important it is to be yourself and say what you need to say. We've been told to "just be yourself" since we were young. The idea to live life just being yourself sounds simple, but it's not. Life is complex. We exist in a world where we are constantly second guessing our actions because we aren't sure how it will look to others, or not speaking as boldly as we would like because we certainly don't want to upset anyone or say the wrong thing and maybe have someone not like us because of it; it's not easy to "just be yourself." The most confident people back down in intense situations and duck into dark corners when something is out of their comfort zone; I have. But you have to find an outlet or a way to bounce back and gain confidence. That's why I'm so thankful for music and writing because it's how I find courage and it teaches me how to be ok with who I am and what I'm feeling. Even when I can't always find the words to say what I want to say in the moment, I can write it down, process it, and say it out loud later in a song. My music is where I feel the most brave. 

There's always fear in being bold, upsetting a person I care about with honest lyrics, or letting other people in through my music. I've definitely had moments in my writing where I think to myself, "Should I really say that?" or "What is _______ gonna think when they hear this?" or "Man, do I really want people to know that?" But it always comes back to the truth. I started writing songs when I was a kid because it was my place to say everything I wanted to say and the truth is, sometimes it's the only way I know how to let other people in. I can't NOT say something because I'm afraid of the outcome. Songwriting is and will always be how I figure out life. I've come to believe that if I'm afraid to say something out loud, then I most definitely should say it in my music. Tristan is a songwriter that boldly puts herself out and that reminds and inspires me to "always say anything" and always speak up when I start thinking I need to be quiet.

If you don't know, Tristan's music, you should. And by golly, below are some helpful links to help you get acquainted with this wonderful artist! ;) Maybe someday, just maybe I'll get to share a stage with her. You never know. In the meantime...look her up and give her a listen. You'll be so happy you did. Now go...go and Google her. Do it. :)

Thanks for reading my rambles. Until next time. 

Nothin' but love. 

xo - Kari