Ever wanted to know what made the artists in your music library tick? What albums inspired their own? Their personal musical history? Wonder no more for Mytacism Music has got your Monday Inspiration to show you the albums that inspired the albums. This week we have Amanda Lamb talking about ‘Whispers’ by Passenger.
What made you pick up the album?
I was a fan of Passenger when his song “Let Her Go” came out, and after getting and obsessing over the album that that song is on, I couldn’t wait for “Whispers” to come out. I remember seeing it was available for pre-order, and with no hesitation, clicked “pre-order”. I was counting down the days till I could listen to it!
Where were you when you first heard the album in its entirety?
I was in my car, on my way home from seeing my vocal coach in Studio City, which is a brutal drive, and just listened to it on repeat while going 4 MPH.
Where did the album take you on your first listen?
At first, it made me feel somber and reflective. Every song on this album is a story – they have a beginning, middle, and end. But the instruments on these songs are not somber or reflective – they’re joyous. So as I listened to this album, it hit me that maybe what Passenger is trying to say is that bad things happen in life, no doubt about it, but we can chose to have happiness as the background music to our lives as well.
Why did it inspire your own work?
I tend to write about the unhappy stuff, but was frustrated with all the downer melodies I came up with as well. Listening to this album made me realize that not all unhappy songs need unhappy music, and that opened a whole new creative world for me.
Are there any lyrics that stuck with you from the record?
Yes, “hate is a poison, love is the remedy” from the song “Coins In A Fountain”. I cover this song from time to time, and these lyrics stick in my head hours after the gig is gone. I’ve been going through some serious soul searching and I’ve found that hate is seriously self-destructing and the only cure is to love ourselves and each other.
Do you have a favorite track? What is it and why?
I’m pretty obsessed with “Bullets”. It’s a story about a man who treasures these silver bullets he’s been collecting as a kid, and throughout his life, those bullets had always been there until something tragic happens – I don’t want to spoil the story if you’re interested in listening. Part of what keeps my ears coming back is figuring out what the singer is trying to tell the listener through this story. I have so many theories – Passenger, if you’re reading this, I need some answers!
Do you have any particular memories attached to the record?
Not really, other than being inspired and feeling like I’m not alone in this world with some of the feelings I’ve dealt with. His music is so personal, you feel like you’re just sitting on the couch with him and talking about life.