Release Show @ The Secret Society in Portland, OR 10/05/2014!

Feeling tired but inspired in this soon to be vacant empty room has got me to thinking what this record is all about and while it’s always nice to say who played on it and to do some fancy name dropping, I could just tell you what it’s really about.

“‘Begin’ was written over the course of a few years in the transition from east coast to west coast and in the first few years of living in Oregon. The songs on their own are sparse but arranged with fullness and intention. I think they embody my native California more than the Northwest - images of roses, white space, trees, fields, and poetry. Some tracks are about ending relationships, one is about family loss, but carrying over themes from ‘Home of the Brave’ (2011) they are also reflections of self and space. It’s a little bit about trusting that place where you voice is confident enough to begin (whether that work is music, or maybe something else) - that has always been hard for me, because I’ve been so extremely shy for most of my life. What was most exciting in creating this record was working with so many talented others (drums, bass, and violin) and playing a lot of the instruments myself, and also arranging most of it myself. Singing without instruments was incredibly freeing (‘Robin Song’ and ‘I Give’) and let me revisit my roots as a choir girl. The record moves around between classical, blues, and folk music which are my big influences. I think this is the best record I’ve made so far and I hope that many ears find joy in listening.” - Lindsay Clark