“Go Ahead” has an underlying grade-school-esque vibe, and I chose songs and artwork that reflected this theme. I feel like in grade school, a lot of us have a healthy degree of individuality and creativity that we start to lose come middle school. We grow obsessed with what other people think or a romantic interest, and can forget about our own self. This EP is about the journey of someone feeling dependent on another, but realizing that they don’t need someone else to be happy. It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea that external circumstances could make your life better. For love’s sake, remember what brought you joy in grade school and appreciate the simple (and complex) things that make you happy in this crazy life.
ALBUM ARTWORK A couple days before submitting the final artwork to order my CDs, I called Collier Speak, who efficiently (and effectively, might I add) helped put together the graphic design of the album. I am SO happy with how it turned out, and how perfectly it fits the concept front to back. You da man, Collier!
CHALK ART To go with the grade-school-esque feel, I asked my fun and artistic friends Louie Demarco and Steph Seward to help me create a burst of life and color with things that make me happy. While we didn't end up using this chalk art for the front cover like we originally thought, it is on the CD disc itself and was a super fun day.
FIRST + LAST WORDS The final track has an outro that Kerry Tucker helped add, where it mashes up “Hello There” and “Go Ahead”. It takes the once seemingly pessimistic lyrics from the first track and gives it a hopeful, positive spin. The first and last words of any story are incredibly important. This album starts and ends with the sentiment “Hello There." But it starts with me and someone else, and ends with me on my own, speaking to my new self. I’m not going to over-explain the concept behind everything ever, but thought I’d give you a sample of the thought that goes into it. Now.. what does it mean to YOU?