Blair West, a New York City-based singer-songwriter, declutters all our noises with his song ‘All this to Say,’ which is both peaceful sounding and brilliantly written. The songwriting is so fluid and captures such delicate parts in the narrative that you get pleasant sensations. The songwriting is thought-provoking and thoroughly immerses you in the setting, which is breathtakingly lovely. The song’s pace puts you at rest and flows with such peacefulness that you can let go of all your worries and become entirely engaged in the song’s atmosphere. The song portrays the intense sensation of love with such beauty and freshness, and the words are so simple that the experience is made much better.
The pleasantness of the writing is carried over into the production as well. The soothing atmosphere perfectly captures the song’s purpose. The heart melting pad textures add a lot to the track’s emotional serenity and tranquillity. The guitar also contributes to the drive and maintains the uplifting sound atmosphere. The voice delivery also captures those very minute subtleties, which contributes greatly to the soundscape’s richness. The vocal harmonies add to the atmosphere’s warmth. So there are different small aspects that are so effectively integrated into the track that truly make you feel and transport you to the environment right away. I am confident that as more people become aware of the song, it will become more popular.
Blair West also talks about her experiences working on and recording the song, which are fascinating insights into the creative process.
1. The music had a sense of openness about it that I found quite intriguing. What was your approach, and where did the concept for the song come from? Please tell if the song’s openness was a deliberate mood.
Thank you! I always knew I wanted to write a love letter to my relationship, expressing the relief and joy that comes with being truly accepted by a partner — about the peace that comes with real love. But sometimes expressing the most simple sentiments, such as ‘I love you’ can be the hardest — it always sounds cliche, or indulgent, or obsequious. For ‘All this to Say, ’I started free-writing this love letter and, very unusually, the song and melody came out very naturally and quickly. It was important to me that the song had a strong enough melody that could be memorable and emotive on its own, without too many bells and whistles. So, hopefully that’s the openness you’re picking up on!
2. The production fascinates me as well. Tell us a little more about the production ideas. Everything has its own designated place, allowing the music to breathe.
Thank you! I once heard that songs are like rooms; if you put a lot of stuff in the room, it will feel small, but if you only add a few things, it will feel big. I wanted the melody and the sentiment to really have space to breathe.
3. The voice delivery is so natural. Is there anything you did to prepare yourself for the song’s recording sessions?
Thank you! I try to keep my voice as natural and purposeful as possible. There is so much beauty and free-spiritedness in real and authentic vocals – versus if the singer is trying to put on a sophisticated or different tone. I also do a quick warmup to get my vocal chords ready to go!
4. Is there anything you’d like to emphasise to the listeners about the song?
If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that there is no place to hide the dark parts of oneself from your significant other — any why should we? Ben (my fiancée) lets me be the most ‘me’ I can possibly be, “in the light and in the dark.” I hope that resonates with people!
5. So, what can we look forward to in the future, what are your next releases?
I’m excited to release several more songs in my debut EP, and I’m also working on a music video for ‘All this to Say,’ out later this month. I also have a few exciting shows coming up in NYC this winter/spring.
Enjoy Listening to “All this to Say” by Blair West on Spotify!