Jamie Lin Wilson Shares 'Death & Life,' A Song That's Deeply Personal – 'But Not Sad'

Jamie Lin Wilson Shares 'Death & Life,' A Song That's Deeply Personal – 'But Not Sad'


Most of the songs on Texas singer-songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson's upcoming second solo album, Jumping Over Rocks, have been written particularly for the mission. But the deeply private "Death & Life," premiering beneath, has a considerably longer historical past.

"I've wished to write down that music for about 4 years," Wilson tells Streets Talkin in regards to the observe, which comprises the album's title in its lyric. "Every time somebody currently has requested me what my favourite observe is, I've chosen that one."

"Death & Life" comprises verses about Wilson's husband Roy being charged to construct a casket for his father when he died — after which having one in every of their sons born on the daddy's birthday three years later — and a few widow pal grappling together with her loss. The closing verse, about kids hopping over gravestones throughout funerals, comes from watching her personal at funerals the household has attend. "It provides some levity to one thing that's so heavy, for youngsters to simply be so accepting of the circle of life," Wilson explains.

"Death & Life" lastly received its second as Wilson began work on Jumping Over Rocks at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas with a bunch of ace gamers that included Charlie Sexton on guitar.

"I didn't have it completed," Wilson recollects. "I had it about midway completed. After the second day within the studio I went again to my resort room and sat and performed and completed it. I believe that perhaps being there in a inventive house with all of the music occurring round me and seeing the vibe sort of let me go, 'Alright, now I can end the music.' I'm so joyful it occurred.

"It's so heavy. It made my mother cry. She advised me, 'I don't know the way you count on individuals to love such unhappy songs.' But it's not unhappy. It's saying, 'Aren't we fortunate to have the ability to see that, to know that every little thing comes again round and retains going — life after loss of life in the actual world.'"

After tenures in bands such because the Gougers and the Trishas, Jumping Over Rocks follows Wilson's 2015 solo debut, and after touring extensively to assist it and in addition elevating three kids (now 4 as of a month in the past), Wilson discovered herself with a paucity of fabric, so she set a studio deadline for February of this 12 months to provide you with songs for the album. "I had a lot of the songs marinating in my mind for a really very long time," she says, "and I simply trusted myself to have them achieved by the point I received in (to the studio)." But Wilson did know the way precisely how she wished Jumping Over Rocks, due out Oct. 26, to sound.

"Completely stay — vocals specifically," she says. "I wished it to be moody and vibey and natural sounding. I believe should you get a very nice band collectively and simply belief them and belief their intuition and their means to do it, then it occurs. So every little thing the listener hears on the document is the way it got here out because it glided by." That angle additionally helped Wilson overcome any nerves which will have accompanied a second solo enterprise.

"There appears to be a variety of strain on the sophomore album, however I didn't really feel that," she notes. "I kinda felt just like the strain was lifted a bit of bit as a result of I did know precisely how I wished to document for a very long time. I simply went, 'This is how I wish to do it,' and if that is the final document I ever make, I did it precisely as I wished to."