Sometimes, it begins with a spark…
A Spark was meant to have a bit of an edge to it, musically speaking. I was looking for songs that would explode, but I also wanted the explosions to be just a little bit on the sharp side, while still possessing a strong emotional element. I also wanted to make sure that although I was walking up to an edge, this album isn’t about jumping off, in terms of aggressiveness.
As I’ve written before, I see the Life Is My Soundtrack’s music as a spectrum, and I’m trying to be as open to that idea as I can while I’m writing. By that, I mean that music can be made up of varying degrees of different characteristics. It doesn’t have to be as simple as “happy,” or “sad” (though it CAN be that simple, if that’s what the song requires). Sometimes, different emotions or ideas come together that might not seem like they’ll work together, but when you’re finished and you step back, there it is. Somehow it just works. As I look back on A Spark, I’m really happy with the balance of edge and beauty that it became.
Listen to A Spark here: