TerraTara – Waiting for the Rain [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Unique, percussive, resonating

World is grappling with massive forest fires. Tell us a few things about your new song and the story behind it?

“Waiting for the Rain” is about the forest fires burning out of control in the Western U.S. and Canada. It’s a distress call for the fires and smoke to end. When I wrote “Waiting for the Rain,” I was at a lake house with a forest fire very close by, and it was smokey for weeks. Everyday I would pray for rain, and every day, I woke up and the smoke was still there. It was very apocalyptic. I created the song with dissonant harmonies to express the uncomfortable and despairing situation that seems to have no end. It’s a longing, a cry for the Rain, begging it, asking it to come, thereby, invoking the rain. At the end, the harmony becomes hopeful, and soon the rain will bless us….

For which lyric you are most proud of?

”Hey There, Now Rain Maker, What do you say, Now….”
Because I’m humanizing the maker of rain and suggesting that they make it rain, trying to convince them, in a charming manner.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Neil Young, Joni Michell, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Billy Holiday, Dezarie, Fela Kuti

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

Being an Artist in a world that doesn’t support Artists. The world is consumed by commercialism and politics and economics as its main pulse, there is little time or appreciation for art.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Not to worry about the opinions of others, especially of your art, and most definitely about your appearance, some people just have bad taste, lol!

One last thing we should know about you?

That I’m an Artist first. So that’s where I’m coming from. So if a note is dissonant, then that’s the emotion needing to be expressed, even if it is less harmonic or easy to listen to. I’m not interested in how commercially viable “my sound” is. My motto is “the quieter, the better” which is unpopular in comparison to the wall of sound everyone is bombarded with today. It’s just not how I roll…

Thank you!

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