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The official first look at my new EP, Nothing Normal, for my Tumblr audience! 

Hearing this version of “Take Me Out” was so surreal to me, and since this IS a blog I thought maybe I should write a little bit about it ;)  

The reason this song represents such a mile stone for me is because it was the first original song that I formally performed for my High School. Needless to say I was pretty nervous. For one thing, I’ve always had this thing about being a “one trick poney” that my friends say I need to get over. I want to be a versatile musician. I want to always be putting out new stuff to listen to because it’s a challenge and because I hate the thought of people getting bored with my songs. Maybe it’s prideful of me, but I like to think it helps me hold myself accountable. Anyways, I wanted to write a new song for this performance my choir teacher asked me to do, and it wasn’t coming along easy. Up until that point most of my songs had been about heavier topics, but somehow this one came out a little different. Take Me Out isn’t really a “world changing” song, it’s more of a “care-free, young love” kind of song. And honestly, that freaked me out a little bit. For me, as an artist I want to know that what I’m doing matters and when Take Me Out came along I was scared of people perceiving me as a person who had not experienced the realities of the world yet, and therefore had nothing meaningful to say. Which, could have been pretty close to the truth - being 17. After all of the editing, I ended up being done with the song just 2 days before the performance… Which is kind of a bad idea. Not to mention the quick lyric changes within 24 hours of the concert. That didn’t help the nervs.

However, once the time came and I was up in front of my classmates and their parents feeling somewhat queasy, I was surprised to see that people liked it. In fact, it seems to be a pretty popular favorite! 

So Take Me Out has been nothing but a series of pleasant surprises thus far - especially now that it is fully produced. This song is a mystery in it’s own way, for more reasons than one. I hope it takes you back to some good memories! Peace, ya’ll! 

Source: http://soundcloud.com/lindseysaunders/take...