We have those moments when we sit down and look where we are. Sometimes followed by that is the thought, "is this where I thought I'd be?" or "is this where I should be in my life?" The pandemic embodied this moment for me. I was lucky enough to be so devoted to my craft and to have that as my clear focus, but it did leave me wondering, "what if I didn't?" I pondered where I would have been mentally and emotionally if not for that. It abundantly clarified how precious our time is and what the focus should be on. I'm lucky to have this creative outlet and found my path in this life. That's all I want for anyone else. I want them to be happy with their choices for themselves and their life. It's a journey for us all; we have the time we need to take it and should not take that for granted.
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I needed to make this record and write these songs to grow both as an artist and a person. I forced myself to look inward and at all my past experiences and the lessons I gathered from them. I put all of that along with the feelings that came with them under a microscope. I wanted to mix it all and link everything to our day-to-day human experiences. Take specific events and make them broad so all who desired to could feel included in the story. This record comes from years worth of observation, inner struggle, and knowing that we can choose to do better for ourselves although we can't ever fully control it all. Here's to all the things to come!
Jeremy Parsons has huge commercial potential and is most definitely a name to watch out for.” – MusicExistence
“Parsons’ sharp wisdom is ours for the taking” – B-Sides and Badlands
“I keep finding something else to appreciate; if not the phenomenal production, the lyrics and the images beautifully painted in the storyline, by a voice that’s easy and smooth on the ear.” – Jamsphere
After releasing four singles from his new album, “Things To Come,” including several #1 iTunes charting tracks, Jeremy Parsons is dropping the full-length collection on January 8th, 2021. The album includes some of Parsons’ most personal songs to date, including the title track about his past addictions and “Good Ole Days,” about “looking forward to looking back.” The album is being released with legendary label, Smith Music. It is the follow-up to his hugely successful breakthrough album, “Things I Need to Say.”
TRACKLISTING: 1. Things To Come 2. Tragedy 3. Good Ole Days 4. Masquerade 5. Lillian 6. Looking Back 7. I Am 8. Issues 9. Sit And Spin 10. Something Other Than You Are
Let's go back to a little house on the Eastside of town in Nashville, TN. It was a beautiful fall day, and I had just gotten back from a month-long tour in Texas and was desperately needing to do laundry. The house that my ex-girlfriend, my girlfriend at the time, and I lived in had a wonderful sunroom where the washer and dryer were. It was perfect, especially on a day like this was. When moving my clothes back and forth, I started humming a melody. When you're distracted by tedious tasks, the coolest things can creep into your brain, and that's what was happening. I got everything where it needed to be and picked up a Baby Martin guitar lying around for songwriting moments such as this. I sat down on top of the washing machine, put my feet up on the edge of the sunroom window, and started picking. I wasn't alone very long when my girlfriend's cat and my best friend at the time, Thunder, joined me. I wrote this song to him and all the things I was feeling because of him and his mother. I had been through a lot, and they were there with me and helped see me through the roughest patch. Life is crazy, and my lyrics and songs can lean towards the more realistic darker side. I just wanted to shine a little light this time. I was happy then, and I am happy now. We are in charge of that happiness. We all long to be something other than we are, maybe even someone sometimes, but we are who we are for a specific reason and purpose, so be that person because that person is perfectly you.
We all have those crucial crossroads points in our lives, a moment in which you have to look at what you've got and realistically decide what's next and what's for the best. "Things To Come" is about the journey that got me there, a rollercoaster ride of drugs and alcohol, a search for the correct answers for myself. Was it that my life was over, or was it that something greater was about to begin. That was my choice to make, and I chose the latter. I walked that path until it almost killed me, and then with the help of the ones I love the most, I made a shift. I quit drinking because it was destroying me, my friendships, and all I had worked to achieve. There were plenty of good times and travels there, but I had more to do, and I was finally ready to face myself and get back on track. This is a song for the future and comes with the knowledge that we are in control of our own lives, and we should look forward to that, no matter how rough it gets. Here's to you, to now, and to all the Things To Come.
Some song ideas pop in your head, and you feel like you have to get somewhere and write them before they disappear forever. Writing “Lillian” wasn’t like this at all. It started with a street I used to pass every day on my way to work while living in East Nashville. I saw so many street signs on that trip, but “Lillian” was the only one that consistently stood out to me. I kept it in the notes section of my phone for years. One afternoon I sat down and found this really cool strum patterned rhythmic guitar part I was having fun playing. The words came next, “She said she never wears underwear, I said I never wear shorts.” Maybe the most “me” line I have ever written. Lines with personality are great, but when you can correctly project yourself into your art, I feel it says something about your growth and comfortability as far as who you’ve become as an artist. The rest of the song came flooding out and spoke to me and where I was in my life. I was very lost before making this music, and if not for someone seeing through that mess and giving me a pure form of love, who knows where I would have ended up. It’s a factually fictional story about the high times of low points in life. We live so we can create, and I’m so glad to have manifested this song through my experience. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I enjoy playing it.
Download the 2nd single release off Jeremy Parsons' upcoming record "Things To Come" set for release in January 2021. This single is called "Good Ole Days!" Get your digital download copy here today!
You ever hear the one about the father and son that walked into the hardware store? You’re about to. That’s exactly where the idea for “Good Ole Days” started. My dad and I were visiting his hometown of Somerville, TN, and we needed a part for the old house so we walked down the street to the Farmers Hardware store. We found what we were looking for and as my dad was checking out I was lost in my phone until I heard an older gentleman behind the counter revisiting when he used to go out and pick cotton with his dad and brothers. He was being nostalgic and looking back fondly upon something that probably wasn’t fun for him at the time but he had grown to miss it. Those were his good ole days. In the same town, there lived a blind man named Colonel Will Rhea Winfrey, Sr., but we just called him “The Colonel.” Every time we were in town we would stop in and see him and he would relive his good ole days by telling us of some of his favorite stories, it was always the same stories, but we always listened. He went blind later in his life due to macular degeneration but had the best sense of humor about it. He would always say “so good to see you again Jeremy.” It cracked me up every time. I used to make it a point to stop in and see him and play my guitar for him as much as I could. He always loved to listen and would tap his cane along to the music. It felt necessary to make him a part of this track. I enjoyed writing this song because, as much as it was about looking back for the characters, it’s also about knowing that looking forward is just as important. I like the thought that our fondest memories are yet to be made.
Download the 1st single release off Jeremy Parsons' upcoming record "Things To Come" set for release in January 2021. The first single is called "Tragedy!" Get your digital download copy here today!
This song found me when I was sitting there strumming the chords I had just come up with and asked myself what I thought it sounded like, what it made me think of, what it made me feel. “Tragedy” was the word that popped into my head. I immediately looked up the definition, though I already knew what it meant, and used that as the structure. I wanted to take the definition and create examples of the feelings that might come with dealing with and working through a “Tragedy.” I wanted to set scenes and paint pictures of loss and struggle. This song comes with a heavy dose of reality and no happy ending but it does come with the knowledge that you are not alone. Tragedy finds and strikes us all in life. I had a thought at some point too that this would be setup, storyline wise, as a prequel to my first single “Burn This House Down,” from my last LP, “Things I Need To Say.” It would be the “Tragedy” that leads up to the inevitable end of things. I wouldn’t say I’m completely set on that now but it did help in bringing this song to life. Having that extra added inspiration can aid in making it personal and really drives and embeds the intended emotion into the song and you never want to spare the emotion when it comes to your art. It was important to me to keep this song true to the word, broad for an audience, but also to include some personal feelings from the time. The line “can’t love nobody if you don’t love you” was really where I was when I wrote this. I was on a very necessary self-love journey at the time and that line really needed to be there for me and for others who we all know feel that way from time to time. Just like most of my songs the music and all the processes that come with it are personal and therapeutic. This song and the record it’s a part of are no different.
Each of these takes were cut directly to their own individual 7" vinyl record, and only one copy of each take exists in the world.
These limited edition lathe cut record releases are made on a modified antique record cutting lathe from the 1950's. Each record is handmade, one at a time, in real time, by a real person