Can You Catch Emily Barnes?

Closer to Home 133Can you catch Emily Barnes? Her new single is a smash and when her star begins to rise it might rise too fast to be able to catch her. Read a little about the new single, “Catch Me If You Can” now.
Why did you select this song as your current single?
When I was deciding amongst the songs selected for my first full length album, I felt “Catch me if you Can” really captured this batch of songs, and my beginning years as a songwriter, all in under 4 minutes time. Although my direction in the time since putting out “Beautiful Goodbyes” has changed, and my inspirations and aspirations have as well in many ways I still feel as though “Catch me if you Can” still relates to a lot of aspects of my life. When you pick it apart and take away the easily relatable relationship background of it that jumps out at you, and dive into the hidden meanings you can learn a lot about me as a person. My pursuit of this crazy dream is a big one, and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. I am just getting started even after years of doing this and there is so much to learn. However, I am going to keep going pushing the boundaries, and expanding my horizons…Catch me if you can!
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?
This song really sets the tone. I wanted to put all of my relationship songs into one compilation while the feelings were still raw, real, and vivid in my mind. This was one of my first upbeat songs that I had written, and vocally it stepped outside of a lot of the boundaries I had originally had as a singer/songwriter. As far as the rest of the songs go, they take you on a roller coaster ride through the trials of dating, and Catch me if you Can really opens that door for the listeners.
What was the writing process for the song?
As for most of my songs, including this one, there is no set writing process for me. You can pick apart a piece of work for many years if you wanted to. Your mind is ever evolving and changing as are your emotions, and it shows in the progression of your writing style. For this song in particular, it really did write itself. I was just sitting at my computer with a blank word document thinking about everything welling up inside me. About wanting to run as far as I could see and never look back. The more I thought about it I realized I had just written the entire thing in my mind in just a few minutes, and I began writing them down. I changed a few rhymes here and there to make the verses flow smoothly, but other than that this song is pretty much one long free flowing thought.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
The song lyrics really symbolize strength for me. The strength to let go of something that no longer fills you or satisfies you. The strength to know you self-worth, and the strength to determine your own destiny. Leaving can be the hardest life choice, but often times change is the best thing for the soul.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
You would see a lot of emotions coming out of me. My eyes would be closed, taking it in word by word, and you might see me stomp my feet a time or two before the song is over. I am very emotional up on stage and sometimes mid song I forget I am in front of a bunch of people and not just in my room letting it all out there.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
In a sense they could. When I wrote this song a few years ago I think this song really showed how much I knew at the time, and what my writing and inspiration was drawn from. I decided in the last couple of years to stop saying I need inspiration from anything in specific. It’s all fair game now, and my experiences are much greater than the timid girl who wrote her first song, and thought the world was playing NYC and there wasn’t much beyond that. I don’t have any boundaries set for myself or my music anymore, and I definitely am no longer afraid of honestly sharing moments. Not all moments are compiled of relationships with other people, most moments for me now come from my surroundings. For instance, the beauty right in my backyard, or the internal struggles I face on a daily basis in never feeling completely settled or rooted.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
There is no video currently for this song, and I don’t know if I will make one. I think videos can be really great for some songs, and not so great for others. For this song in particular I wanted to keep it a song for listening, and a song left for interpretation. I don’t think my visions would come across easily for a viewer. I do think my next album is going to have a lot of songs that would excel with a video, and I do have some ideas in the works for them. Keep your eyes peeled!
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
There are a lot of reasons to find motivation for my music. Music has saved my life in more ways than I can even put down in a short paragraph. For starters, I am motivated to continue writing music in hopes that I am able to connect with people. Music is bigger than all of us are, and it speaks to everyone. It is left for open interpretation, and I think that is a beautiful and timeless concept. The fact that a million different unique people can listen to a song and all take something completely different from it blows my mind. It is a way to honestly relate to someone else, and it opens the door to many life changing conversations that would never have been had otherwise. Music is also the only thing that has ever come effortlessly for me. Whether I am listening or participating I always feel moved by it. I am always thinking about lines in my head, or about a melody that I can’t let go of. There is no regular for me it is like a clock forever ticking in my heart urging me to continue on this incredible journey.

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