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INTERVIEW: Ruth Acuff

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Hi Ruth, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been inspired! My mind has been on a roll with new creative thoughts and ideas, and I’ve also been snuggling my two dogs a lot the past few days, which is one of my favorite things.

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

I wrote this song with the acknowledgment in my mind that the holidays are not always happy and that being heavy-hearted during the holidays is something many of us go through. This song speaks directly to the sadness of the times, yet also evokes a feeling of inner peace, and calmness that can carry you onward. There are undeniable atrocities in our world, but with the inner strength of peace, we can create change, and give ourselves a chance at having peace on earth.

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

The song Peace was greatly influenced by all of the political turmoil going on in the world. I felt such confusion, hatred, and unrest in my own community as well as a perceived national community. I wanted to find some common ground that the majority of humanity would agree upon as a good thing.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not currently, but you never know!

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording Peace was one of the easiest studio experiences I have had. We were in our home studio, and through all of it our two dogs were lounging around. Having a couple cute snuggly dog friends around leads to good feelings of relaxation. I remember looking at my dear pups as I was recording the vocals for the bridge, “Peace on Earth, Peace on Earth, Peace on Earth tonight.” This part of the song originally had a harp part going through it, but as we muted that track to listen to only the vocals, we realized how heavenly and ethereal it sounded with only voice. We decided to add a “choir of angels” behind the lead vocal, so I went back and sang 5 or so different parts to stack on top of each other. The entire bridge is all voice. No harp, no bass, no strings or percussion, just the original instrument of human musicality – the voice.

Why did you choose to focus on a darker aspect of such a bright moment in the year?

To bring balance to the force! There are so many happy holiday songs, which I love, but I wanted to be real and not put up a mask of “all happiness, all the time”.

How did you blend the dark elements of the song with the much uplifting ones?

I wanted to bring awareness to the fact that many of us are suffering through the holidays without bringing anyone down farther than they already are. Musically I shift between major and minor chords, and lyrically I also shift between more somber words (like ‘cold’, and ‘alone’) to uplifting words (like ‘calm’, and ‘warmth’).

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material, perhaps a holidays album – how’s that coming along?

I do plan on putting out a holiday album at some point in my career, but right now I am working on a new album for year-round listening.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I am thinking about titling it ‘Newborn’ and hope to release in 2019!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, 2019!

What else is happening next in Ruth Acuff’s world?

Finishing up the new album is at the top of my list right now, but I also have some music videos in the works!

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About RJ Frometa

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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