CD Review: Jeremy Parsons – Things I Need to Say
by Joanna Demee for Country Music News International
Makin’ Things Up as I Go 3:35
Burn This House Down 3:49
Lisa’s Lost 3:38
Devil’s Daughter 4:09
After All These Years 4:07
Things I Need to Say 4:01
Why is the Bluebird Blue 2:58
Jeremy is an artist that describes his music and taste being more into Americana/Alt. Country with Traditional roots. The narrative interpreted from his songs, is mostly related with his life and his emotions. Jeremy mostly tries to give out good vibes, and the message that life goes on, and so do we. Through that, Jeremy seems to be seeking to connect emotionally with the audience. Himself quotes “I would like to develop audible connectivity. I want [the audience] to open up to the tracks and find something for themselves. … Having the chance to project that back out into the world via my own art means so much. It always will!” Find more about the artist at the bottom, in the mini-interview Jeremy and I had.
Today’s review will start with the song that inspired the album title,
Things I Need to Say.
Jeremy here tries to encourage us to speak up, as “regrets [from the things we never say], are heavy as a stone, that a shoulder shouldn’t bare,” and not to hold back by saying “No” to the things that matter.
Burn This House Down
I am listening to that song while watching the videoclip, and I must admit that the intro is lit, I guess that is another thing that burnt down (🤣). Jeremy talks about a heartbreak, and how hard that is for him, that he prefers to burn down the house, along with his memories.
Makin’ Things Up as I Go
I think, Jeremy, tries to pass a message of not overthinking stuff, as “we don’t get to know, and we don’t need to know” of what life holds for us. We should keep moving on and we will figure out what is best for us on the way. This song gives me a western tv-show finale vibe with a happy ending.
An acoustic guitar and a sweet voice are all I needed to listen to, a melodic and melancholic song with lyrics that are hard-to-swallow.
Rock-ballad like vibes come from this song, with Jeremy talking about him not having all the things he wants, and specifically his perfect-to-him crush, but his hopes are high.
This song talks about love being tricky and how the circumstances can be difficult, and one of the two may have to leave, even if they love each other.
Jeremy in his next three songs sings about how it is good to be Driftin’ for our life, but we should not blame anyone else but us for what we Decide. Each one of us is writing their own destiny and we should keep searching for who we really are, as we have to discover our Purpose of being here.
For this song (Purpose) I love the harmonica giving a different note to this great song.
I can truly say that this CD reflects on all moods and feelings a person has, and Jeremy has achieved his goal of producing music that connects people, and I wish the very best for his newly released song Things To Come, that came out this January, and for the many more to come. Purpose, with the rock vibes and the harmonica wailing is my favourite song in this album and it totally gives me chills.
For this review, it was a pleasure speaking with Jeremy, and I would like to thank him for his time and effort in answering my questions and giving me the opportunity to personally ask questions. Make sure to read the interview below and if you have not checked his music out yet, do so by streaming it on Spotify, Apple Music and downloading it on Google Play, Amazon Music and iTunes.
Where JD is Joanna Demee, the interviewer, and JP is Jeremy Parsons, the artist.
JD – I would like to ask you some questions about the influences you had that led you to country music,
JP – My influences started with very traditional artists like Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, and others my parents listened to. I was really into George Strait as well growing up in San Antonio, and him being the golden child of the mainstream and being from Texas. My life was mainly all country music when I was younger. As I got older, I got introduced to more genres and started to be inspired by everything. I find myself being more into Americana/Alt. Country/Indie artists these days. Folks like John Prine, Phoebe Bridgers, and Jason Isbell. People like that keep me inspired and motivated to create.
JD – How would you describe your music and what is your creative process like.
JP – I would define it as Americana/Alt. Country with Traditional roots. I like to write about life. My creative process is triggered by my emotion through human experiences and feelings that need to find their way out of me as a coping and processing mechanism. It’s always been musical therapy whether I’m creating from a melody or a lyrical hook. I think it’s essential to connect with people on that level. Whether it’s because they enjoy introspection or are just able to identify with it because we are all out here trying to live our lives and stuff happens. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it’s terrible, but we should write about it all.
JD – What is next for you and what is one message you want to give to your fans through your music.
JP – Next for me is the continued focus on making sure my latest record, “Things To Come,” reaches as many ears as it possibly can. It was released on January 8th, 2021, and I’m so proud of how it turned out and all it’s accomplished already. I have also begun working on a new record in Texas with my good friend, and I’m really excited about it as well. It’s a step in a bit of a new direction for me, but it feels right. As far as the message through the music, I would like to develop audible connectivity. I want them to open up to the tracks and find something for themselves. Over the years, I’ve had many people come up to me and tell me such beautiful stories about what a song meant to them and what they were going through when they heard it. That’s always what music has done for me personally. Having the chance to project that back out into the world via my own art means so much. It always will!
Reporting for Country Music News International