Three little words can change your day- your life. “I’ll Love You”
Hearing those words from my loved ones and friends is like music to the soul. They are words that I will never tire of hearing and words I will never cease to stop saying.
Not too long ago I was surfing Noise Trade – A music platform that shares music from artist and based from generosity. I really do love logging into that site and getting lost in music- music that as a mom I wouldn’t have had the chance to hear while listening to another random cd of kids tunes, but I do admit I love some Phineas and Ferb songs.
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On this day, my ears fell upon an artist, Meghan Saletta and the song, “I’ll Love You”. I was fully taken with this song and the lyrics. So I did what we generations do when we find something we love… GOOGLE IT! I had to learn more about Meghan and I needed to hear more of her music. Of course after Google, I facebook stalked her and I was in heaven as I listened to anything she shared. I could sit for hours listening over and over to “I’ll Love You” – which I did purchase to listen to from NoiseTrade, but I really wanted the lyrics to the song as I could belt it out through the house. To my surprise, Meghan wrote me back on Facebook and shared the lyrics. I felt like a kid in the candy store when I received her message about the lyrics.
How do you know when you’re finally home/ Well I think, I think I am/ What’s left to do when you find /something true /But hold on the best you can/ Well I’ll love you/ Everything you are/ I’ll love you/ Everything you’re not/ & I’ll love you/ Even when it’s hard/ Where will you go/ When the wind starts to blow/ And you’re dragging your boots/ Through the snow/ Who’s gonna pray/ When you lose your way/ And you question the things/ You used to know/ Well I’ll love you/ Everything you are/ I’ll love you/ Everything you’re not/ & I’ll love you/ Even when it’s hard/ I wanna watch you still and sleeping/ I wanna lift you up when you’re weak/ I wanna feel your steady heart beating/ I wanna know the things you only think
As a mom, these are the things I think too, so I reached out once again to Meghan in hopes I can talk to her more about the meaning and creation of this song. Here is our chat together.
Give us a little background of who you are – where you are from? are you married? If you are- fun ways that you 2 keep your relationship fun?
I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago but I’ve also lived in Nashville, Cambridge, England and currently, San Francisco. I am not married but I am in a wonderful long-term relationship of 4 years. Adam and I keep things fun by adventuring together: traveling, trying new restaurants, exploring new hobbies and activities. Since we started dating in 2011, we’ve lived in 4 different cities and traveled through Europe. We work out together, which keeps endorphin’s high! And we try to get pizza at least once a week, which is a mutual favorite. Currently we’re taking an Improv Comedy class together, which has been a really fun way to channel spontaneity and get in the creative zone!
(What a great idea for spending time together!)
Where or how do you seek out creative inspiration?
My best songs seem to fall from the sky. I’ll start strumming a simple chord progression and my mind and heart will begin wandering – reaching for emotions and story-lines. Eventually the words and melodies will collide and start flowing through me. It’s so magical to collaborate with inspiration.
When you feel like you are in a rut, what do you do to refresh that spark?
I wait. I turn my attention to other things: I cook, I exercise, I go for walks, I read a new book. Ruts can be frustrating, but it’s important to remind myself that they are a natural part of the creative cycle. I find that it’s best to still pick up a guitar and “show up” for my creative time even if I’m not feeling inspired. Sometimes songs happen and sometimes they don’t, but showing dedication to your practice is essential.
(Such great advice for us moms. Ruts can bring me down but turning my attention to something different can change the whole outlook on the simplest things.)
What musical artists inspire you? If you could perform with anyone- who would that be and why?
Taylor Swift for her unbeatable work ethic and dedication to her fans, and her ability to write songs that are accessible, lyrically driven, catchy and sincere. If I could perform with anyone it would be Ingrid Michaelson – we are both singer/songwriters with a similar style and her sense of humor on stage is unbeatable. I think our voices would sound great together.
Your favorite childhood memory?
Catching frogs and turtles at the neighborhood pond with my brothers!
What has been your favorite adventure in your life so far?
I had the incredible opportunity to live abroad in Cambridge, England last year. I worked at a cozy local pub called The Red Bull and played music all over town; including busking in the market square. I met the most energizing, kind and vibrant people. I wandered through grassy meadows and quaint cobblestone streets. The scenery and the vibrancy I found in Cambridge inspired me to write a new batch of songs that I’m really proud of (many of them will be on my
What has been the biggest challenge for you as an artist?
The fear of being seen. I find it difficult to harness the vulnerability and courage necessary to share my songs with the world when I can’t control how others will react. Learning how to keep creating and putting myself out there as many of those around me are growing up and getting “real jobs” is tough. It’s hard to stay committed to a path that can feel so uncertain at times. I’ve learned to reward myself simply for just being courageous.
(I can relate to this so much! I love the idea of rewarding myself in small steps)
Favorite comfort food?
Annie’s White Cheddar Mac n Cheese.
What sound makes you happy?
The sound of my family talking and laughing anytime we’re all together.
When creating “I’ll Love You” – how did that song come to be? Was there someone that you had in mind when creating it?
I wrote the song “I’ll Love You” about a year after I started dating (my boyfriend) Adam. We were entering the stage of the relationship when the raw truths of ourselves (including our nuances and “flaws”) were being revealed. I wanted to write a song that said, essentially: “I see you for everything you are and everything you’re not – and I love you anyways”. I always think of Adam when I hear that song.
What is your favorite line or verse in that song?
“Where will you go, When the wind starts to blow, And you’re dragging your boots, Through the snow? Who’s gonna pray, When you lose your way, And you question the things, You used to know?”
Please tell us projects that you are working on currently and where we can find your music.
I am working on my first full-length album due out Summer 2016! This album is the most exciting project I’ve ever embarked on. I am so excited to share it with the world.
In the meantime, you can buy Meghan’s music on iTunes or listen for free on Spotify or at www.meghansalettamusic.com! Like Meghan’s facebook page facebook.com/meghansalettamusic to stay updated on new music and shows!
I encourage you to take some time and check out Meghan’s page and blog and of course get lost in her beautiful voice. During our conversations, I shared with her the meaning of this song to me and how it personally makes me feel. With her permission, I was able to use this amazing song for a recent session – A Pure Moments Film.
Photo credits of Meghan are from Signefotar