Some folky flavas for this week’s Thursday track exclusive, as we premiere this delicate cut from Nashville’s Mia Rose Lynne
This week’s Thursday track exclusive here at Songwriting is a gentle, folky number from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mia Rose Lynne. Not Just You And Me is her brand new single, and trails an album entitled Follow Me Moon which is due to be released in January.
Mia grew up singing harmonies in her family’s band in northern California, which led to her pursuing a career in musical theatre that took her all over the United States and, indeed, the world. She eventually opted to settle in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write, record and play live. Her first album, Open Space, came out in 2014, and she also has a Best Folk Song trophy from the American Songwriting Awards under her belt.
Of the new single, she says: “I’m sometimes struck by the overwhelming awareness that everyone on this planet has a story. I try to remind myself of this when it gets easy for me to sail through day-to-day thinking only of myself, my friends and family, and my to-do-list. There are so many people in the world and each one had a childhood; each has desires, dreams, pains, and joys, each longs to be acknowledged and remembered. Ultimately, each wants to matter.
“One night I was pondering all of this and asked myself, ‘Why do I write?’. I want to move people with my music but I also have that innate need to matter. It’s difficult to stand out in songwriter-saturated Nashville and that’s what inspired the first verse. The song quickly seemed to write itself after that and I feel that was a call to myself to loosen and lessen the ego, to take off some pressure, and to be more compassionate and conscious of others.”
The hype sheet for this one recommends Ms Lynne’s music to fans of Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile and Patty Griffin; we’d add Carole King and Joni Mitchell to that list but as ever, see what you think…