I wrote this song at an unusual time, that odd in-between period of finishing college and trying to start some sort of career.
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GETTING TO KNOW LEE SAGE
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
for the most part is a conversation with myself, a descriptive narrative about the environment I found myself in at the time I began writing the song. It circles around my overwhelming infatuation with the outdoors, but primarily centers on personal growth, relationships with different people, reflection and dealing with who you’ve become as a human being. It’s a bit of an introspective song with themes of excess, personal inadequacies, irrational fears, waves of impending doom and self-acceptance.
I wrote this song at an unusual time, that odd in-between period of finishing college and trying to start some sort of career (whatever that may be). Nothing was happening, everything was stagnating. It was over the course of a long camping trip in the woods of Northern Michigan with a group of extremely close and important friends. Considering the relaxed tone of the trip and various substances being consumed which can be attributed to the overall vibe of the song. I found myself taking quite a bit of solo strolls through the woods at night with my own thoughts, mulling over every aspect of my life. Basically walking my brain in circles, and practicing insanity as I tend to do. I’ve always been the type that sits inside their head all day, the textbook indecisive over thinker playing his own worst enemy.
This E.P. deals with common redundant questions we’ve all had at one point or another, a tedious repetitive inner monologue of how did I get here, what am I doing and where am I going at this juncture in life. Everyone around you seems to be moving forward, yet you still feel trapped, as if you’ve maxed out – peaked with your skill set (intellectual capacity), the cards you were dealt overall can only take you so far. It’s a constant feeling as though you’re playing catch up to the rest of your peers and barely hanging on in the process. The need and want to rid your life of toxic people, influences and moving on in general. Owning your lot in life, the one you created. The subject matter, the lyrics all throughout this E.P. follow the same motif, which is struggling with developing as a person and dealing with certain aspects of your genetics coming full circle. Tapping into that vulnerability of being uncomfortable in your own skin, trying to put a lid on or control those demons that yank on feelings of inadequacy. One day, you wake up and it feels as though someone switched your personality out when you were sleeping. You’re continually striving to get back to who you used to be. And, really you’re kidding yourself, in the back of your mind you know this is who you are and how it is now. We’re ever changing as people and sometimes it’s not the change or shift in personality we hoped for. But, that’s life.
I’m from Michigan…
Currently, living within the confines of Metro Detroit, specifically St. Clair Shores, which is a rather small city. It’s practically a town and gets smaller the longer you stay. The music scene resides mostly in Detroit, and it’s thriving with a multitude of talent coming out of various genres. The music community has a lot of depth and breadth; people are rather resourceful and quite supportive of one another so long as you show that your serious and not full of shit.
Places to go?
This is beyond a tough question, because Detroit is a unique melting pot of culture. Whether it is art, music or great food there’s always something going on. I graduated from Wayne State University, which is located in Midtown, Detroit and The Bronx is where I spent a great deal of time. The grub is good, and the company it keeps is excellent. Cass Corridor in general is a beautiful place to be, which is actually the home of Jack White’s Third Man Records – that place is great. Venues/bars such as the Magic Stick, The Old Miami, PJs Lager House, Cliff Bells, etc. Places such as Hitsville U.S.A. (birth of Motown music), Detroit Institute of Arts, Russell Street Deli, Eastern Market, Belle Isle, and the Heidelberg Project are locations to check out. There’s a great deal I’m forgetting, and I’m sure I’ll kick myself later for not remembering (if I don’t get yelled at first). You have to remember Detroit is a massive city. You can fit Boston, San Francisco and Manhattan within the border limits.
The music business…
has changed quite a bit over the last decade. Honestly, if you would have asked me this a few years ago I more than likely wouldn’t have had that much of a favorable opinion. My reason for that statement is that with anything, when it comes to change, it challenges everything we know as people. Humans more often than not always struggle with change in general. So, naturally, you’re going to push back a bit. Although – now, I believe there are opportunities and resources made available to us that were non-existent in recent years. It’s a DIY scene these days. With the variety of music distribution sites out there there’s no doubt you can take matters into your own hands when it comes to getting your music to the masses. The same goes for merchandise, any artist can setup their own online store. And, some music distribution sites even incorporate that into their business model. Fans don’t necessarily need to make it out to a show to grip a T-shirt or album; the ease of access for them to acquire these items through online channels has never been more prevalent.
Neil Young. Aside the reality we’re both primarily acoustic musicians, I was fortunate to grow up with an outstanding stepfather that has a rather eclectic taste in music. Neil Young was on constant rotation when I was younger, specifically the album “Harvest”. The guy has always been a song writing machine, and that alone makes me want to pick his brain. His ability to continually produce great songs with lyrical substance is what keeps pulling me back in. Every time I revisit any of his music, it’s like hanging out with an estranged old friend. Once I finished his autobiography “Shakey” it only amplified my interest (not that it needed to). He was a founding member of Buffalo Springfield, integral part of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and his solo career has spanned decades. Not to mention I love the often simple, yet sometimes complex approach to his song structures. The loner/quiet type, he’s always done his own thing and goes about it the way he wants to. In a nutshell, he’s an artist that I identify with quite well.
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