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INTERVIEW: Willodean

Can you talk to us more about your single “Everyone”?

RANDY – Everyone is just a song about finding common ground with other people.  Each life looks very different up close but if you step back a bit you can see there are some experiences we all share.  I’ve always thought that was a nice concept. The chorus then says that no matter how much common ground we all have with each other, it’s the specific, unique connections to the people closest to us that ultimately make life worthwhile.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

RANDY—Most of the time, at least for me, there’s no event that sets me off to write a particular song.  You just pick up an instrument and whatever falls out of it that day is what you have.  Sometimes in retrospect I’ll think that maybe I was unconsciously writing about this or that, but I think that stuff is better left unanalyzed.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

ERIC – Yes… we have a series of live videos called Willodean – Live at the Chalet. It features the 3 of us augmented by violin, guitar, mandolin, dobro & drums. The video for out live version of Everyone hasn’t been released yet but will be very soon.

The single comes off your new album Life & Limbo – what’s the story behind the title?

RANDY—It was just word play, messing around with phrases to give us a title.  I tend to like album titles that aren’t lifted from the name of a song or a lyric, that stand on their own.  Life & Limbo was just a play on words but it seems to fit the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

ERIC – Every song is a little different.  Some are songs that Randy brings to me as just a phone recording and others are more filled out demos with him singing with an acoustic guitar or piano. “Everyone” had been around for a while and we recorded a few years ago. It’s stuck around because both Randy & I felt like it had some importance and we both really wanted to hear Abbie sing it. When we decided to do an EP with a String section we knew it would fit right it.

RANDY—The first version of it we did had an Americana, almost country, vibe to it.  That helped it fit with that album but it was never how I heard the song in my head.  This is much closer to that sound, so I was excited to finally record the Life & Limbo version.

What role does LA play in your writing?

RANDY—  The good thing about LA is everyone is trying to do something creative, so people don’t look at you oddly if you tell them you write or play or direct or paint or whatever.  In that sense LA is a great place to write.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

RANDY— I find a little caffeine in the morning will do most of the heavy lifting.  In that sense, this is a drug-fueled album.

Any plans to hit the road?

ERIC – No plans right now.

What else is happening next in Willodean’s world?

ERIC – We are in the middle of a busy year of writing and releasing 4 EPs. Life & Limbo is the 3rd in the series and the 4th (Awesome Life Decisions: Side Two) is set for release on November 17th. And we have the Live at the Chalet video series that will be coming out over the next few months as well. it has some songs from each of the 4 EPs from this year as well as a few covers.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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