Cutting my roots and leaving my home and family when I was 18 years old forced me to build my home in other things, like my music. In stories and my journey. The last years I have more or less constantly been on my way, on the road, always leaving and never arriving, which also means leaving people. I’ve loved and lost and I have regrets and I miss and no matter how many times you leave, start over, achieve success or travel places it’s other people that matter. People, friends, family, lovers, strangers – they will forever stay with you, even if only through memory. I’ve grown to appreciate people to the deepest core and I’m trying to learn how to tell people what I want to tell them when I have the chance, before it’s too late. The people I connect with in any kind of way now, even just over a coffee with a travelling youth from New Zealand somewhere in Scotland, become my family. And even if I might never have the kind of friendships that allow me to tell them that I love them, because I do, I think the most simple and beautiful thing is to let someone know that they simply matter. If I got one chance to say what I wanted to say to all the people I’ve stumbled upon, it would simply be ”You matter. I appreciate the way you are and thank you for being that way.” So small and simple words, but with so much meaning.
What I’m saying is, I think it’s sad how we take people for granted. How we throw people away and how rarely we take the opportunity to tell people we love that we love them. Time is all there is but still this might be the only chance you get to say it, tell her, tell him. Forget about ever lasting love or blood family or your closest friends. I’m talking about the way a human being made his or her way into your life and do you even realise how a person gives you a piece of his life when he tells you his favorite book, or band, or where he’s from? If we could only learn to shelter the way another person lets us be a part of their world, their life, their being, and even if it seems like just a little part, such a small thing to be something to care about, we must understand that nothing is little when it comes to a life.
Every song on this EP started out as something I wanted or needed to tell someone. They are all letters of things I never said but wish I would have and I’m learning how to say things when I still have the chance. This EP is my letters to 5 different people who became a part of my life in one way or another, and I want these postcards to be yours. I wish we could all let each other know that we matter, and I hope that you will send this postcard to someone who might not know. Maybe someone you only met once in the line for a coffee but still he made your day with a simple smile. Or someone you once loved but don’t know anymore but still wonder about from time to time. Just simply let her know that she gave you some of the most beautiful days that year, no extra words needed. Or even your neighbour next door, the old man who lost the love of his life 5 years ago and now he lives alone and I bet a simple postcard and 5 simple acoustic songs would make even the rainiest day a little brighter for him.
My way of telling YOU that YOU matter to me, is by giving you the first single off the EP for free. The first single is called ”I Gave My All” and it’s a song that means a lot to me and it’s a letter I never sent.
Until then, take care of the people you meet. Smile to a stranger, send a short text your mom with ”Thank you for being you” and compliment someone for how good they look today. We’re all doing this thing called life together, and it’s so simple to make it a little easier for someone.
released November 19, 2013
Bass: Conal Herron
Music, lyrics, production and all other instruments: Charlotte Eriksson
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