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“I wrote it when I was at a precipice in my career and my desire to pursue music seriously,” says pop singer-songwriter Jackie Lipson of her dark-and-danceable new single, “Someday.” Intended as an “honest love letter to herself,” the song tackles self-blame. While it was inspired by a break-up, Lipson notes that it also speaks to the ups and downs of an indie music career. Written with Vanessa Wheeler, the song veers from the traditional empowerment anthem by accepting change isn't one easy leap. “We both were familiar with the feeling of being stuck, of making the ‘wrong’ choices,” Lipson explains. “The love letter also speaks to my career and giving myself the freedom to make mistakes along the way.” Finding Her Way About three years before writing the song, Lipson had made her bold move from the East Coast to Los Angeles. Enthusiasm about the contacts she’d made from a whirlwind experience with NBC’s The Voice gave her drive, but the road was rocky. Her advice to musicians making the move west is to have patience and allow time. Even more vital is finding the right community to support your creative process. She felt isolated until she reached out to other women and queer people working in music. Focusing energy on giving back to her community gave fresh inspiration to her music. “It’s extremely important to me to be a visible representation of an openly queer, plus-sized woman in an industry that doesn’t always [...]
By Candice Anne Marshall IMB - Hello Samantha! Congratulations on becoming the Act Of The Month with Indie Music Bus! Where were you when you first heard about this and what was your reaction? Hi, Candice! Someone from your team informed me on Twitter 🙂 I’m flattered. Thanks a lot for choosing me! IMB - I am in love with the ethereal song ‘Spaceship’ that was released in September 2019. I have read in your bio that you often write lyrics that relate to your travel experiences and ‘touches upon consciousness, morality, and the human condition.’ Can you go a little more in the the travel aspect of your songwriting? Thank you. I travel a lot as it gives me inspiration for my music. Traveling has shown me that there are many beautiful ways one can live in this world and that there’s no one recipe for happiness. It has also exposed me to other more painful sides of life and of humanity. I feel very lucky to travel like I do. Pushing myself outside my comfort zone has led me to unexpected and beautiful places and has been a constant inspiration to me through the years. IMB - As for you writing lyrics that ‘touch upon consciousness, morality, and the human condition’, can you go more into detail on what that means to you in relation to how your fans interpret your music? I’m not sure how my fans [...]
When people find out that I’m a singer-songwriter who is sober, they usually have one main question for me. “How has being sober affected your songwriting? Can you still write?” Photo by David Yerby One of the major concerns I had about committing to a sober life was my songwriting. I wondered how it would affect my writing. Would I still be as creative? Would I have enough juicy stories to tell? Would I feel inspired as much? Would I ever write another song again? When the drama of constant partying, dangerous situations, and the highs weren’t there anymore, would I still feel compelled to write music and lyrics? This was a major concern for me. Being a songwriter is something that has always defined me, not only that, it’s my true passion. During my first month of sobriety I penned a few songs. They were about leaning towards sobriety as a lifestyle, anger, uncertainty, and my past experiences and how I thought of them, but now with a sober mind. During the first year of my sobriety I finished writing my Soul Sounds LP that dropped in 2015. It came out before I even celebrated a year of sobriety. In my first month or so of sobriety I wrote the songs “Jump Fence”, “Alone”, “Recover Me”, “Save My Soul”, and “Face on the Ground.” Not only did I pen these songs, I was driven enough to get into the studio and record [...]
Walter Here! I remember the first time hearing The National Parks. I believe it was "As We Ran" that Spotify had suggested. After I listened to it, I had to hear more and ended up spending the day listening to all their songs on repeat! Shortly after that I bought, The National Parks - Young CD and a shirt! We hope to catch you guys on tour during your next visit to Florida! We will be watching our Bandsintown notifications and your emails! Keep doing what you do best! Please visit and buy stuff from The National Parks Store! Music Review Greeting from Florida! Darlene here, listening to the national touring “The National Parks” “Young” (2013) is the EP where I first heard (TNP) perform “Anchor and Wind,” now being a favorite of mine and their half a million monthly listeners on Spotify. I liked all the songs on “Until I Live” (2015), but “Monsters of the North” featuring a throbbing French Horn in the first notes, is my top pick and I can’t resist “howling at the great white moon” along with the band. I enjoy the folk songs with the faster rhythms, American jigs, which feature banjo and fiddle/viola and are meant to be danced to, energetically. Using nature to illustrate life, love, joy and sadness is a commonality TNP embraces through-out their songs. Their latest, “I Can Feel It” (2019), best exemplifies the nature of the TNP sound. My [...]
Walter here! During a visit to Facebook I received a notification from the Official Indie Music Bus Facebook group. It was a new music preview opportunity from Letters of Transit! They sent me the song "A Decade In". I gave it a quick listen and was immediately impressed! Letter of Transit - Theme and Variation with be available everywhere on August 29, 2019! Music Review Letters of Transit “A Decade In” from “Theme and Variation” Dear readers, Darlene here, to remind you not to judge a book by its cover. “A Decade In,” is the latest song title by “Letters of Transit” and I urge you to steam open this envelope and listen, because, truly, a lot of energy will unfold. I felt this song has an alternative-rock sound with a touch of grunge and a pinch of punk. Love that bass guitar and bass drum together. Lead guitars and vocals, un huh, like sunshine and pain. The best way to describe this band is to imagine the entire genre of ALT+ Any Rock+Grunge as one style. I didn’t notice a “punk” influence, but Walt said it’s there. It’s technical. Now imagine “Letters of Transit” on the air play list any time in the last decade. I could seriously believe it. The first song I’ve ever heard by “Letter of Transit” is released, August 2019, titled “A Decade In.” Walter has a preview of the release, so I heard the song before [...]
Guest Author Hello again, Walter here! Will you be a guest author at Indie Music Bus? We would like to give folks more exposure and give our readers more diversity in subject matter! That's why we are opening up our blog to guest authors. There is no monetization on our site so we are not going to make any money for your content. If you're interested, read on! Content Types We are looking for content on just about anything that's music related! Authors can be musicians, songwriters, radio people, bloggers, or music fans! 800 words minimum! Music Reviews Interviews Stories From the Road DIY Help Guides Music Release Backstories (Self Promotion) General Music Commentary or History Product Reviews What's Needed We are looking for unique content that has never been published! You can repost your content on other blogs one (1) MONTH after it publishes here if you so desire! Note: You will need to have a free WordPress account because that's the only way for the "AUTHOR" box to appear on your work. If you don't already have a WordPress account, visit here wordpress.com/start/site-type and choose BLOG for a free account. Also, don't forget to add an image (Gravatar). Editing Content/Submission There are two options to get your content here on our blog. Because it's the least amount of work for us, using the WordPress Interface here at Indie Music Bus is the best option. But you can also send the content in [...]