Ingrid Michaelson‘s new album It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense documents some tough times the singer’s gone through recently, but she says many of its songs are still about “positivity and celebration.”
“I think it’s a pretty good snapshot of the last year-and-a-half of my life,” Ingrid tells ABC Radio. During that time, her mother passed away and her marriage broke up. “The record definitely reflects that,” she says. “There’s a lot of sort of dealing with letting go.”
But, Ingrid adds, “There’s also a lot of rebirth and positivity and celebration, because when you go through traumatic experiences and you can come out on the other side breathing…there’s something really liberating about that. There’s a lot of that on the record, of, ‘I’m gonna keep going, can’t keep me down.'”
The unusual title of the record came, Ingrid says, when she was struggling to figure out the order of the songs on the album.
“I was like, ‘But I can’t put that song there, it doesn’t make sense. It’s too weird,'” she explains. “And then I was like, ‘You know what? It doesn’t have to make sense!’ and I had this, like, ‘aha’ moment.”
“It’s very apropos,” Ingrid adds. “Because I think after my mom passed, I was searching for meaning and trying to figure out why this happened…and just really needing clarity. And I realized that you just don’t ever get it, and maybe it doesn’t have to make sense.”
Ingrid says the title is also a useful excuse.
“I’m not hemmed into any particular specific sound, ’cause I’m, like, ‘Well, it doesn’t have to make sense,'” she laughs. “…[Y]ou can kinda get away with a lot of stuff!”
Ingrid will kick off a major fall tour in support of the new album October 6 in Cincinnati.
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Source: Mix News