DOWN DOWN LOW (new single!)

Design: Shelly Eve // Original Oil Painting: Rocky Horton

Design: Shelly Eve // Original Oil Painting: Rocky Horton

It was campaign season here in the US, and like most people, my ears were so tired of the ugliness. Many of us had to be intentional about taking a break from social media because it seemed no place was safe from strife. I personally felt challenged, because I want to be a good listener and want to know how to share my thoughts in a loving way. What if we listened with genuine curiosity, our minds open to the possibility of having been wrong? Open to change... At the very least, eager to love and ready to accept that there might be more than one way to see.

So on the first leg of the Three Birds Tour with my pals Jess Ray and Taylor Leonhardt, I drove from Atlanta to Nashville alone and kept the radio and podcasts off so I could think. At some point I found myself thumping on the steering wheel and singing this melody. A totally new approach for me, writing apart from the piano.

Sometimes you gotta go dark

Sometimes you gotta be quiet…

Later that week I finished the song and sent a worktape over to Jess, who was helping me record some demos that year. I was completely unsure about this one. Is it silly?

Happily for me, Jess didn’t find it silly but really loved it. She did a great job demo-ing the song---such a great job that we included some of her work in the final studio recording and credited her as co-producer.

Excited that this one’s out there for everybody now, 18 months later. Available on iTunes/Spotify/etc.

And below...a little music video produced for me by Aidan Wells, along with a Behind the Song video. Hope you find yourself dancing, singing along and asking yourself how your your thoughts and at times, your silence, can both be a gift to the world.

Love,

christa

DOWN DOWN LOW

Sometimes you gotta go dark

Sometimes you gotta be quiet

Sometimes you gotta get far from

The voices that stir up violence

 

Everybody wants to talk

Nobody wants to listen

Everybody wants to talk

Nobody wants to listen

 

You gotta get get get

Down down low

You gotta turn turn turn it

Down down low

You gotta take it take it take it

Down down low

You gotta get down low

 

Sometimes you gotta go first

Sometimes you gotta be sorry

Sometimes you’re gonna get hurt and

Go back to where you started

 

Everybody wants to win

Nobody wants to listen

Everybody wants to win

Nobody wants to listen

 

CHORUS

 

Find the voice that speaks in every tongue

Hear the song that writes a thousand more,

If we listen well before it’s said and done

There’ll be harmony we’ve never heard before

 

Hear the whisper of humility - ahh, ahh

Love will write a sweeter melody - ahh, ahh

Love will write a sweeter melody - ahh, ahh

 

Sometimes you gotta go dark

Sometimes you gotta be quiet

Sometimes you gotta get far from

The voices that stir up violence