Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fall in Love Again

   I don’t often write about love or matters of the heart, but I have been known to dabble in the subject from time to time. I think one of life’s most complicated subjects, but also one of its most necessary, is the subject of love…with emphasis on how we find and maintain it.

   Now I’m no expert (and really, don’t trust anyone that says they are since life and love is unique to those living while loving), but I have lived long enough to observe and experience love from a variety of perspectives. Most people believe that there is someone for everyone, and that everyone is deserving of love at some point in their lives. Notwithstanding some very disturbing elements of our society, every single one of them was a child at some time and who really thinks the innocence of a child is underserving of a nurturing love?.

   Today you can often find a discussion of who loves whom, whether it be in a tabloid, on the news, on your favorite entertainment show, reality show, or even just in fictional television and film. It seems we have an undying fascination with the business of other people when it comes to love. I think many go wrong when they try to apply these observations to their personal experiences, but I digress.

   Instead, let’s continue to explore love from the perspective of being and staying in it. I mean, that is ultimately where all these observations and fascinations boil down to anyway right? Isn’t it all really about our desire to find someone with whom we can feel connected to? Isn’t it about finding that special someone, our “Soul Mate?” Or are we thinking deeper than that and figuring out that finding is just half of the equation, with staying together being the other half?

   Recently I heard a fantastic song that succinctly embodied the real life dynamic to this whole love issue. The name of the song is “Fall in Love Again” and it speaks about the rough patches real relationships go through, but then it always brings it back to what is needed to keep that relationship going and growing…and that is getting back to the basics, back to that “fall in love” place where it all begins.

It gets better though.  
   Turns out the artist of the song, Briana Jean, lives in the same city as me and was open to a quick interview about the song and herself, making this the first ever interview on this blog!

KD: How did you get into music?
BJ: I’ve always had some sort of attachment to music. I feel like as I got older, my connection grew stronger. It all began when I started hitting piano keys on this app called”music studio” which is basically a watered down version of garage band. After that, I realized how much I love music and I’ve been making music ever since.

KD: What was your inspiration for the song?
BJ: At the time, my parents were arguing a lot. I thought, you know, maybe this is it. Maybe they’re falling out of love. I wanted to write a love songbook I just didn’t know how or what to say. Then I thought to myself, “How would Ed Sheeran write this? What would he say?”…and just went from there.

KD: Who are some artists that influence your musical style?
BJ: Ed Sheeran is my biggest influence. I’ve always admired his style and his songwriting skills. Shawn Mendes also inspires me because he and I are the same age and I feel like if he can do it, so can I.

KD: What are your plans for the future?
BJ: I plan on going to Berklee College of Music to enhance my skills so that I can produce, and possibly own my own music business some day.

Briana Jean’s song can be found on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play, Tidal, and probably anywhere really. I look forward to hearing more from her in the future.