As music listeners, we often hear lyrics and try to package them up and understand songs in a way that fits our personal experiences. Sometimes I find that it takes a while to truly āunderstandā a song, and sometimes Iām immediately hit with a memory that persists each time. Often, life changes and I hear the song in a new way.
But what does it mean to the artist who wrote it? Have I figured it out or is it deeper? What memory is conjured when they sing it? Sure, the tune about last nightās party can be fun, but in this scene that we refer to as Texas/Red Dirt music, we value the artists who bleed emotions and share their hearts with us in a permanent way.
In Granger Smithās 2009 āDonāt Listen to the Radioā album jacket, he wrote out his reasons for writing each song, whether he shared the story behind the lyrics or his writing process. Well, heās done it again in a behind the scenes video of his ā5 More Minutesā single, where he reflects on what sparked the song ā Grangerās desire to have five more minutes with his grandfather after reading his diary. The music video presents reflections from people on the streets of Austin on what they would say if they had five more minutes with a loved one.
So hereās what it means to me – lately Iāve been learning to be open and honest, which can leave me feeling … Keep Reading