“I Don’t Know the Way” is a dreamy folk ballad inspired by Brandi Carlile, Leonard Cohen, T. S. Eliot, and the search for a life of meaning. I was listening to NPR’s New Music Friday, on my way to a coffee shop that was, as it turned out, closed, when this melody presented itself to me. I felt inspired after having heard Brandi Carlile’s song “The Mother,” and sang this new melody into my phone. Perhaps it was my unconscious mind coming up with an alternate melody for that song (as it turns out, my verses scan in the same meter as Brandi’s). It was a few more months and several drafted verses before I came up with lyrics I felt I could sing. I had always wanted to write a song in the style of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” with the second verse taking an aside and contemplating a religious figure. Similarly, I’d always wanted to write one of those rambling folk songs about travel, but travel in an inward, spiritual sense.
Arend Jessurun on vocals, guitars, & bass guitar (thanks Paul Smith for lending the bass). Produced, mixed, & mastered by Arend Jessurun. Artwork by Isaac Lee. Words and Music © 2019 Arend Lee Jessurun (BMI).
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