I know I’m the one who’s supposed to be doing the creating here, but part of being a creative person is feeding your senses with great works of art by others. When I find something I enjoy as a consumer, it usually inspires me to stretch my own talents as an artist. Such is the case this week as I discovered (a little late to the party) a singer by the name of Maren Morris.
Maren, a 26 year alt-country artist, just won a Grammy for her song, My Church. It was this win that led me to listen to her entire album and fall madly in love. It’s been a while since I’ve had an artist on repeat and even longer since I’ve had one I thought enough of to text all of my friends about. Her album is smart, edgy, sultry and yet catchy and commercial. The indie music EP lover and commercial country dial-turner can both listen and enjoy it for different reasons — something I find extremely rare and a pretty powerful niche. Artists like this who, at the core, are killer songwriters, inspire me to write. You would think I’d listen and think “why bother when I could never do THAT,” but it drives me instead. It reminds me how powerful music is and why I want my hands in it.
So today, I listen, I sing along and I appreciate. But tomorrow, I write.
Here’s a live recording of one of my favorites of her album, Hero. Enjoy!