Monday, March 21, 2022

Kelsey Blackstone Visits Section 36 Music!

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Section 36 Music has another visitor! Kelsey Blackstone is an incredibly talented singer, coming off the release of her latest single "Alice". I was so excited she was willing to visit with us and discuss her music, and more. I’m sure you’ll love everything she has to say.

So, let's see what happens when Kelsey Blackstone visits Section 36 Music!

I really enjoyed your recent single “Alice”. What was it like putting that together?

Thank you so much! The way this song came together was really effortless and refreshing. My good friend, Garrett Goodwin, called me one day and asked if I’d come over to his place so we could write some lyrics and melody to a cool guitar theme he was working with. When we met up, I hit ‘record’ on my voice memos app, he looped the theme for a few minutes, and I improvised a melody and lyrics on top of it. I’d recently been thinking about a wonderland theme, so it came really easy to me as I improvised. Then we listened back to our voice memo recording, and picked out the lines that we wanted to build on. From there, we set a date with my good friend and producer, Laura Clough, who recorded us live in my apartment living room. After she finished producing it, we sent it off to our friend, Josh Kay, to master the song. Then we had our finished product!

Are you currently working on any other projects?

I have many other projects in the works right now! The version

Photo: Isis Alava
of ‘Alice’ that you’ve heard is an acoustic, live recording. We’re re-releasing the song with a more produced, full sound in a few weeks! [April 15] You’re the first to hear about it, which is really exciting! I have a few other singles I’ll be putting out this year as well. The best way to stay updated on my projects is to follow me on Instagram and/or Spotify.

You’re a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. What’s the biggest way that’s benefitted your career? 

The biggest benefit of being a Berklee grad is definitely the community and the connections within it. Getting to work alongside other Berklee grads or current students means that there are always a lot of talented people to create with. I know Berklee has a big community in Nashville, which is where I’m planning to relocate to in a few years. I’m really looking forward to it!

Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

My biggest influences come from the 60s and 70s. The communities that musicians back then were able to create were ones of inclusivity and creative inspiration. I strive to create the same types of communities through my artistry. The music from that time also emphasized social causes, which is very important to me as a person and musician. Music is a great unifier, and we need that now more than ever. The musical styles themselves also speak to me; powerhouse vocals, live instrumentation, and blues influences, just to name a few. I take modern day inspiration from the other independent artists like me, who are trying to make their dreams come true by building their own legacies.

What would you say is your biggest career challenge?

My biggest career challenge so far has been not letting the downsides of social media get to my head. Because artists today are required to be posting content on social media and promoting themselves as much as possible, it’s hard to not let the superficiality impact your self-worth: it’s really easy to compare yourself to what others are doing on social media. Writing songs about this feeling and getting inspired by my own creative content, has helped me continue to overcome these moments.

What are your immediate career goals?

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My career goals for this next year include: releasing the 5-6 singles I’ve been working on for awhile, and performing around Boston with my band. My band was formed just a few weeks before covid came in 2020, and although we’ve played many virtual shows between then and now, we’re more than ready to get in front of some live audiences and start to make more of a name for ourselves. We’re really excited about the music we’re making and look forward to sharing it with as many people as we can!


I'm excited to hear that new music!

As always, I want to thank Kelsey for visiting, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.

I know you’ll all want to follow along with Kelsey to see what she's up to. As she mentioned, t
he best way to do that is to follow her on Instagram and/or Spotify. I suggest doing both right now!

You can also check out her Section 36 Music page. It's a perfect way to enjoy everything Kelsey has to offer all in one place.

Thanks again Kelsey, and good luck reaching your goals!

Friday, March 4, 2022

“Night Music" by Jackie Therrien (March 4, 2022 release)

"Night Music" is the first EP from the talented singer Jackie Therrien!

Make sure you listen to it now!

What's is the EP like? Well, luckily, Jackie was nice enough to tell everyone all about it. On her Instagram account she shared some background on each song. She was generous enough to allow me to repeat that here...

Track 1: April
The first song I wrote and released for the EP. Writing this song felt like a turning point in my music, I hadn’t written something I had loved so much in so long. I don’t think I really knew what I wanted to do next until I wrote this song.

I wanted to write a love song without actually using the word ‘love’. Instead, I used a bunch of colors, small moments, and other little things maybe most people wouldn’t notice, because I think that’s what love is built of.

Track 2: The Hunters
I’ve found that people often try to take away other people’s happiness and/or love for whatever reason. I felt so defeated and upset having to constantly be defensive and I was bothered by everything. They can never just let two happy people be.

All we really want is to be able to love and live in peace…but in the end, you’ll always be running from the hunters.

Track 3: Jacob
I wrote this song July of 2021 while at a friend’s lake house up in Maine. I wrote the little chorus bit first:

“You’re classic as champagne,
Warm as summer,
Sweet as rain
Oh, Jacob”

And immediately knew I needed to write this dreamy, airy, fluffy song. I knew exactly what I wanted and it didn’t take long to write the rest of the song around those few lines.

I always hated the idea of using someone’s name in a song, for me personally it just felt too personal…but look, here we are.

Track 4: I Tried Too Hard
The second single off the EP. I actually wrote the first draft of this song around the time I was writing Dreaming, but ended up forgetting about it as it didn’t feel like it fit either everything else I was writing at that point.

This song was a vent, a confession to my piano before I went to anyone else. It was a song I wrote one night after a party in a moment of sadness, loneliness, regret, and longing.

I was trying too hard to force feelings that just weren’t there.

Track 5: Lavender
This was the last song I wrote for the EP, and I actually completely finished it (writing & recording) in 3 days.

I had heard someone say recently that you’ll be with that person or thinking about something or someone, and you catch yourself smiling with no teeth. I thought it was both so interesting and beautiful, and so it sparked this entire song.

Track 6: Storm in a Teacup

The third single off the EP. I had been trying to write this song for the longest time, but never knew how to do it. I didn’t know how to say what I wanted to say.

I’ve written a billion versions of this song, all completely different but all trying to say the same thing this one does. But nothing else did it for me or was something I wanted to share.

I wrote this song as if I was having a straightforward conversation with this person, for all the times I was choked up on the phone and couldn’t get a word out. All the things I should’ve said to him but didn’t.

Track 7: Be

As soon as I wrote this song, I knew it would be the last track. It just has this resolving feel to it, I think.

Everyone wants comfortable love. Love that you don’t question or feel awkward in. Being able to sit in complete silence or talk about anything and everything for hours on end. Knowing someone and having someone know you, inside and out.

I’ve never wanted anything more than to just be.


That is definitely a collection of songs you'll want to hear for yourself.

You'll be able to find “Night Music" just about everywhere you usually get your music like Spotify or Apple! So, there's no reason why you won't be able track it down…which I absolutely suggest you do.


If you want to learn more about Jackie, check out 
her Section 36 Music profile page. There you can find links to her full interview with Section 36 Music, her social media accounts, as well as more samples of her incredible singing.

You can also hop directly to her interview right here on Section 36 Music. That will give you an opportunity to learn more about this amazing singer.

Be sure to give “Night Music" a listen!