Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lonely Time of Year”?
I’m thrilled about finally releasing new music after 13 years, and this song feels like a nice way to introduce myself to people who aren’t familiar with me. The production came out so good, and the story is true and relatable. Just today I got a message from someone saying how much she identifies with the song. It makes me happy to be able to write and sing something that taps on a bruise in someone’s heart.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song was initially inspired last year just before the holidays, when a friend was going through the end of a long-term relationship. As I worked on it, though, certain elements about an old relationship of my own started bubbling up. The details in the song come from my own life, but I believe a lot of people relate to the heartbreak that comes when you know it’s time to leave. Maybe the leaving is necessary, but it’s often not easy.
How was the recording and writing process?
“Process” is the right word. It’s all a process of trying ideas out and then revising along the way. I have an early version of the song with different lyrics in the chorus.
How did you go on blending and balancing the classic jingle vibe with a much modern approach?
I wanted to write a song that felt classic but fresh. My producer, Shane Alexander, was on the same page — he’s all about timelessness. It’s a pretty lush mix, but to my ears, every note is perfectly needed. We brought in great players on real instruments — no samples, nothing “in the box” — and captured some classic holiday jingle bells and church bells.
What role does LA play in your music?
In some ways I’m still wrapping my head around Los Angeles – it’s complex and so very different from my formative towns. I was born and raised up and down the East Coast, and lived for a long time in Boston. Rain and snow and mulchy leaves are part of my formative experience. But I’ve been in Los Angeles for 13 years now, and every day I’m astounded at the creative energy of this city. Nearly everyone in my world is working on music, a screenplay, a podcast, or a stage show. And they’re not morose about it! The creative energy is intertwined with a zest for adventure. They’re working in the studio and the hittin a yoga class, or going for a hike… It’s a total revision of so many creative tropes in our culture. In LA, we’re not suffering for our art. We’re figuring out how it can fit in the greater culture. I mean, I don’t have blinders on – maybe everyone’s working three jobs and taking off the beaten path gigs. But everyone seems to be making a living and living a pretty balanced life. That’s the most inspiring thing ever.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely. We’re actually mixing a new album right now. The plan is to release it in early 2020.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The album’s called A Thousand Tiny Torches. We won’t set the release date until the mixes are all done, but it’ll be the first half of the year. I’m excited, but it’s a lot of work, so I’m not jumping the gun.
Any plans to hit the road?
I took a 13-year hiatus from performing, and now just starting to stretch my legs a little in the LA area. That said, I do hope to do a little touring in 2020 in support of the album. I love the west coast, and I’m hoping to get back to New England in the summer.
What else is happening next in Arielle Silver’s world?
Right now it’s all about “Lonely Time” and getting the new album mixed. January’s busy – I’ll be off leading one of my Create & Flow retreats (yoga and creative vision), then down at the NAMM conference in Anaheim, and then out to New Orleans for the Folk Alliance conference. Should be super fun. In mid-January, I also kick off a songwriting workshop that I’ll be leading at Secret World Studios, where we’ve been doing most of the tracking. It’s been a long time dream of mine to do workshops like this — you know, a small group of song-lovers sitting around with guitars and getting nerdy about song structure and rhyme scheme. Doesn’t get better than that!