Watson Village is a three-piece party with focused songs and driving arrangements. However their tune “You’re Not Alone” shies away from their controlled bombast. “You’re Not Alone” is a sparkling rumination on life, friendship, and the importance of cherishing each waking moment. Tyler Watson coos “I know sometimes it feels like the world is crashing down / when you’ve lost more than you’ve found / you’re not alone” as he’s joined by a modulated slide guitar solo straight out of All Things Must Pass. The song concludes with the ethereal chirping of songbirds in an empty courtyard.
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SC: What I love about this song is that it’s about telling someone they’re not alone while the sparse arrangement seems to suggest loneliness. How do you view these tensions working in the song?
TW: I feel like it's most important to remember that you’re not alone when it feels like everything is going wrong.
SC: Can you tell me a little bit about these lyrics: “Our time here is short. / No one knows just when for sure / but, honestly, if anything, it makes me love you more”?
TW: Yes, it's about the uncertainty of life and how it brings loved one closer together. No one is promised tomorrow, and I think it's important to remember that and show all the love you've got.
SC: Tell me a little bit about the process behind writing “You’re Not Alone”
TW: Well, I wrote the song one evening while feeling sad about something or another. I had just picked out the melody that day, and the notes seemed to be saying something already so the words came easily.
SC: How often do you write? Do you keep a songwriting schedule? Or do you wait for inspiration?
TW: I'm always working on a tune or several at the same time. I just do it because I enjoy it. I've been doing it for so long it's part of me. Life is a most inspirational journey and that's my release I suppose.
SC: How does your community of songwriters influence your work?
TW: The people I keep around me are 100% themselves all the time, and that is so important. They influence me to be a better person. I just want to enjoy life and make good music, and I know that's what we're going to do –as long as we can.
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