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Album of the Week: I Guess We Live Here Now EP by Samantha Crain

After getting into three car accidents in three months, Samantha Crain was left without the use of her hands, and bedridden for a year and a half. A life experience like that can leave you drained and forever changed.  Since she couldn't write, Crain started an audio diary with her phone, which turned into lyrics for the 2020 album, A Small Death. Typically after recording and releasing an album, she feels creatively exhausted, unable to write new songs and get her head back into that space. But this time was different.

A Small Death was released in the middle of what many of us will remember to be a difficult *#$&*^% year. But for some reason, Crain had an immediate desire and need to get these songs on her latest EP, I Guess We Live Here Now, out. 'Bloomsday' spewed out into the studio, with everything coming out just as it was meant to be: lyrics, instrumentation, production; no changes needed.  And lyrically, 'Bloomsday' is one of the most relevant songs that could ever be written right now - 'and everybody's wonderin', where their little light is. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!' So my friends, let's all let our little lights shine this next year.

Tune in to KAXE/KBXE this next week to hear more from our album of the week, I Guess We Live Here Now, by Samantha Crain and let us know what you think.

The music director at KAXE since 2014, Kari (pronounced Car-ee) Hedlund reviews music on the daily. She also hosts New Music every Wednesday (2 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), along with the KAXE Morning Show on Thursdays.