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Singled Out: Brett Ferguson's Take You Home

11/21/2016
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Brett Ferguson

Brett Ferguson just released his new album "Let Go" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the inspiration behind the single "Take You Home". Here is the story:

I wrote the song "Take You Home" while living in Brooklyn, NY. I was working the stereotypical job as a waiter while I tried to "make it" as a musician in New York City. I was in a relationship at the time, and with the stresses of life, finances, and feeling like I was coming upon barrier after barrier with my music, things were tense. I found myself getting into little nit-picky arguments about nothing and for no good reason. Mostly, I think, it was my own stubbornness and self-centeredness. At any rate, after one such encounter with my girlfriend, I was riding into the city to carry around appetizers and drinks at some fundraiser, when I started laughing at myself about the stupidity of the argument that I was just involved in.

Where do arguments typically stem from? Usually, I have found, it has nothing to with the person I am with or the actual situation at hand. It can come from some other life event, some negative encounter earlier in the day, some interaction at work where my ego was bruised, etc. At this time in my life, these things occurring my life would build up and come out at the person I was with. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth. I started to catch myself in these moments, realizing what I was doing. I would take a breath, apologize, and then have a conversation about what was really going on.

Ultimately the song is about knowing that I truly care about someone, and recognizing the moments where I may have just a glimpse of this in the midst of a struggle. All the life stresses, arguments, and other negative things aside, the loving feelings and care for the other person are present in that relationship. I just have to get out of my own way, stop thinking about myself a little less, and start thinking about the other person a little more to see that.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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