I’ve been reading Emily Freeman’s book, A Million Little Ways, for just a handful of days really… and already it’s speaking to me in such little, beautiful ways. Throughout the day, day after day, I think about art and the way we were created to create art. Emily talks about it’s not just for the painters or the illustrators, it’s the conversation makers and the seamstresses and the cooks at your child’s school the video producers and the barbers at the shop your husband visits every few months. The point is, we are all artists. Emily’s book is incredibly refreshing to read… :)
Artists also write songs, and sing them bravely in front of others. Reeve is very talented, but you probably already know that since watching & listening to her sing.
Her latest album, What love is all about, is audio gold. The song she played above (Night Owl) is track #6 on the album. It’s peaceful and fun and a dash of quirk. I hope that’s OK with Reeve I used the word “quirk” — it’s totally a compliment! I turn her album on when I’m meal planning, while making dinner, when we’re relaxing in the evening before baby boy goes to bed.
And you know me, I love knowing the back story, so I asked Reeve a few questions…
What inspired you to create your newest album?
I’m inspired by so many things, long conversations over bottles of wine, late nights, love, life, frustrations, etc. But I think the main thing that kept me going was the idea of turning my mistakes and tears into something beautiful.
How long have you been singing + song writing?
I’ve been singing my whole life, literally. On stage since about age seven or eight. I started writing songs (if you could call them that) around age 16 and never looked back. Luckily, my songs have gotten much better since then :)
What is it like to be on stage?
Um, honestly… terrifying. Well, at least a lot of the time it is. Not many people would willingly chose to get up on stage in front of people and be judged. But, sometimes I can get past my nerves and really be in the moment while on stage and then, it’s wonderful. There’s nothing like making music in front of people, knowing that it’s never going to be sung or played exactly the same way ever again. You are creating art live in front of people. It’s sorta awesome. But I have to also say, sometimes it’s also awful. Sometimes you are in front of really horribly-rude drunk people that won’t stop heckling you to play some song you’ve already told them you don’t know 10 times. I have found the best way to handle that is to try and kill them kindness and a couple jokes.
What kind of adventures has singing brought you?
Soooo many! I’ve traveled out of town to play a show that no one came to but ended up having the time of my life. And I’ve gotten booked to sing The National Anthem in front of 45,000 people around midnight the night before the gig. I’ve sung on stage and in the studio with some of my favorite songwriters. And I’ve gotten to sing all over the southeast at different venues and each venue has a different adventure story attached. So many memories and I’m so ready to make more memories with this record!
You can order Reeve’s new album, What love is all about, here.
And you can also enter to WIN a copy of her album by following the Rafflecopter entries below. Yeow! Good luck :)