What makes a song personal? Obviously, songwriters are often confessional, but only some go deep enough to expose bone. They’re as likely to mine details from distant sources: fiction, overheard conversations, someone else’s memories. A listener can make anything personal, anyway, so maybe the question’s moot. If a soda commercial is playing while you fall in love, it’s your song.

A few musical souls, however, do seem exceptionally bonded to the personal. These are the singers who somehow perfectly balance openness with self-possession, the writers who turn mundane details into epiphanies. Brandi Carlile is that kind of artist. Since 2005, with her longtime collaborators Phil and Tim Hanseroth, Carlile has written music redolent of the moments after someone leaves a room, of walks alone, of the preoccupations that jolt you awake. Her bare, beautiful alto has an arresting immediacy; though she’s well-versed in country’s modulations, rock’s punch and pop’s shine, Carlile stands as wholly herself within her music, one woman seeking love and its complement, freedom. People relate.

First Listen: Various Artists, Brandi Carlile’s ‘Cover Stories’

Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Pregot Meme
↳[1] Era - The Age of Heroes

The Age of Heroes began with the signing of the Pact on the Isle of Faces, ending the war between the First Men and the children of the forest. The Age of Heroes lasted for thousands of years, in which a hundred kingdoms rose and fell.  It was a time when many legendary kings and heroes walked the earth, and many ancient traditions and legacies forged by the First Men were established, with influence from the children. In the midst of the Age of Heroes fell the longest and blackest of winters- the Long Night which heralded the arrival of the Others. It was following this that the Wall was built to defend the realms of the First Men.