Beautiful sounds. Resounding stories. Reflection of envelopment, turns into an inexorable exercise of consciousness and depth. ‘The Break’ is in the best traditions of folk, but tinged in the songwriting cosmos of a Adele, George Michael, David Bowie, Radiohead and the unforgettable, Dolores O’Riordan.
A containment of each versed word, sings out loud all of the existence. And as each word passes into life, Carissa’s gargantuan inquisition of breadth and breath, embraces with a warmth that delivers with beauty and darkness.
Carissa’s other single ‘Like Water’, expresses the same kind of beautiful songwriting skills that Carissa seems to accomplish, with ease and tenderness. The trend continues with ‘The Break’.
‘The Break’ is a gorgeous assortment of emotions and layers of infatuation.
Looking forward to even more from this introspective and fully attuned musical talent.
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“The Break” is now live across all streaming platforms as of today! Click the link in my bio to listen. 💛 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This song is a special one to me. I wrote much of it while in residence at @banffcentre way back in 2017 when I was stepping away from a relationship that needed to end LONG before it did + navigating my way through a #yearofsobriety. I had restarted the clock ⏰ on my 365 days just in time for my month-long residency in Banff, and being around a whole new crew of people and not drinking was tough. But, it was also exactly what I needed, and being in such a creatively nourishing environment was the most special gift. This song is about reaching a breaking point in life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A moment when you feel you’ve reached rock bottom and there’s no where to go but deeper into your own hell…or somewhere else – somewhere new and promising, yet difficult to get to. It’s about making the decision to no longer accept what in order to make change. The kind of change that is required in order to live a fulfilling life. It’s about the process of that discomfort, but it’s also about rebirth and recognizing our worth. I was so sick and tired of doing the same old thing all the time – drinking alcohol, saying yes to a toxic relationship, and accepting less from myself than I knew I was capable of. Breaking away from the old and diving into the new is a journey into the darkness, but there is a light, and if you just keep on following your heart and trust that even though it’s hard, it’s also necessary, you’ll begin to see the light until it surrounds you completely, and the complete darkness is a thing of the past. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you see a possibility for your life whether that’s one with less alcohol and more health or less tv and more writing, quitting smoking, getting into better shape etc – whatever it is – think about who you would be on the other side of that. The work might suck, but it’s worth it. Oh, and let me know what you think of the song!💛
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In what often feels like a hyper fast-paced world where posts and stories pop up on social channels and then disappear replaced by something “new” there’s (for me) a sense sometimes that it’s not kosher to repeat oneself. But, it’s the very repetition of themes and ideas that allows us to determine what’s true for us, what can be tossed aside, and what needs furthering. A lot of the subject matter that I write about on here is legitimately intense stuff and takes us years to fully work through and unravel, so I’m going to re-touch on a lot of stuff and repeat, repeat, repeat because even when something becomes conscious for us, it takes time to completely comprehend something from different angles. ⠀ ⠀ Here’s one for me: ⠀ ⠀ Fully recognizing just how prevalent the “all or nothing” mentality has been in my life, and how it may be for others, too. It’s the whole, “if I can’t guarantee that I will get an A+ on this test, I’m not even going to try in case I get a B or C” and, “if I can’t pay off all my debt or student line or whatever now, what’s a payment of $____ going to do?”. It’s total sobriety or returning to out of control drinking. It’s procrastination – “there is so much to do and I am so overwhelmed that I’ll just keep putting it off and putting it off.” It’s not spending the 20 minutes that you currently have available tidying the house because you think you need to spend an hour getting the job done, so nothing gets done at all.⠀ ⠀ It seems to me that there are many potential underlying factors behind this thinking. An unrealistic perception of reality (ie. living in a fantasy world), wanting immediate results without having to put in the effort and perfectionism to name a few. But what about impulsiveness? Impulsive people tend to live life in the extremes without even realizing it. ⠀ ⠀ From what I can see so far being highly impulsive leaves no room for, or need for the establishment of boundaries and finer limitations. Since it’s all about extremes – all or nothing – there’s really only two ways of doing things – on or off. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ contd below ⬇️⬇️⬇️