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Amy Petty, "The Darkness of Birds" CD Release Show

at The State Theatre

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There was a time, as I sat rocking my newborn daughter, I considered the possibility that music was part of my history but not part of my future.

Overwhelmed by love, wholeness and connectedness, I took inventory of what I wanted from this human experience and what was important to me. I allowed myself to be in a state of flux, to be on the fence, to reconsider everything I thought I knew about myself. In that moment, I decided that, at the very least, music would have to be a pretty powerful force to get me to budge from my nest, to focus on something else, to step away from my baby bird.

What I didn’t realize at the time is that music is not just a powerful force within me. It is the lifeblood of who I am. I cannot be a complete version of myself without it. I cannot be true to who I am if I’m not creating music, writing songs, building a soundscape, singing my guts out. I cannot be the mother my daughter deserves until she sees me doing the thing I was put here on this earth to do.

I definitely expected that time and motherhood would change everything, that I would see the whole world in a new light. I was waiting for a flood of inspired songs about my new perspective on life. I anticipated words of wisdom, sweet lullabies, lessons learned and advice given about life and love and being and humanity. But those songs never came. Instead, I’ve become an observer, watching people, analyzing the human race, trying to figure out this world of souls we’re born into. The songs I’m writing are unanswered questions, examining who we are, what we’re capable of and how we decide who we’re going to be. They’re not songs about me. They’re about all of us. Like it or not.



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