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Tyler Stenson: We Grow

Tyler Stenson: We Grow

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Tyler Stenson, "We Grow"

 

 

Program Notes

 

Tonight, another song by Tyler Stenson. The opening lyrics caught my attention:

 

I heard you say that you wish I stayed
An older version of me—long before my change. 
But if we're not growing, we are staying the same.

 

He goes on to say that we are "entitled to change because we grow." In a video posted to his website, Stenson relates how a fan of his first album did not like the second—and wrote to tell him that, saying that he wished Stenson would return to the kind of music he had sung before, because the new music was no good. Stenson waited days to answer his onetime fan; he eventually wrote a calm and measured reply that became the basis of the lyrics for this song.

 

I find Stenson's lyrics and music compelling. Stenson is a man with things to say: things worth listening to. The music of this song is sweetly beautiful. I am glad to have found Tyler Stenson and his music.

 

Here is a link to Stenson's page at bandcamp.com, where you can listen to this song and read the lyrics:

 

Tyler Stenson, "We Grow"

 

Here is a link to Tyler Stenson's extensive website, which features many more songs:

 

Tyler Stenson

 

And here is a link to the song on Amazon.com, if you want to download it:

 

Tyler Stenson, "We Grow"

 

 

 

 

The photograph, above, is of the Milky Way over Chimney Rock in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (Credit: NPS/Jacob Frank; used courtesy of the National Park Service). This is the sixth of twenty photos of National Parks that I will feature in this blog to honor the centenary of the National Park Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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