Christina Martin – Impossible to Hold
Although Christina Martin and her spouse (and guitarist) Dale Murray from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia – where they also live and produce their music – come, but actually the duo is rather “on the road” at home. For example, every opportunity is used to go on tour in our latitudes. It will then use every one of the 90 days left to a non-EU citizen without a work visa – which not only results in Christina Martin doing pretty much the longest tours of her guild, but also during her long visits has also picked up quite a bit of German – and can therefore easily understand. It’s almost unusual that there is always time to record new CDs with this workload. After all: In this way, new tracks can already be checked once for their live suitability, before they were even recorded. A good example of this can be found on Christina’s new CD “Impossible To Hold”, because the song “Lungs Are Burning” already debuted on Christina’s tour in March last year. This play is about drugs and drug loss – which is an unusual topic for Christina.
Was there perhaps a political agenda for the new album? “No – not really”, Christina hesitates, “at least nothing else than in the past.” The question is always: Can I make enough songs to make an album and then go on tour with it? I need a reason to go on tour and need something that I can tell people. ” And yet there are also songs like “Deep Dark Red” on their new album, which pick up on the current refugee issue. “Well, this is not about anything I’ve experienced,” explains Christina. “I grew up in Canada and never had to worry about what it would be like to leave your country if it’s not safe. But after touring so much here in Europe – and we also have some refugees in Canada – I wanted to address this immigration issue on a general level: how would you behave if you completely relied on the indulgence of other people? It was a finger exercise in empathy, I would say. You have to address such issues today. “Is there at least a conceptual brace that holds the new songs together?” I just want them to be the best songs I can make at the time, “she adds. The songs I’m writing currently contain a message – but not necessarily a political one. However, one should be able to feel that my songs have meaning for me. If that’s the case, then I think that other people can also relate to the song. “Okay, what is the message of songs like” Lungs Are Burning “, for example?” I wrote this song to deal with the loss of my brother who was addicted to it Christina explains, “Dealing with the drugs has been a major topic in Canada for some time. In the press, there are many reports of this fashion drug Fentanyl. “Is that what makes the lungs burn?” No – I think Fentanyl makes you fall asleep, “says Christina,” it’s an opioid and a very powerful drug , But the title ‘Lungs Are Burning’ says something else anyway. I used that phrase in this song, because it burns when something hurts. Sometimes the pain of loss feels like a dull burn. The song is not about drug use but about the pain of losing people to drugs. It is also important to me that it is a matter of calming the pain. Are not we all looking for ways to quench pain? For some, these are drugs – for others, but also the cry for help. ” To quench pain? For some, these are drugs – for others, but also the cry for help. ” To quench pain? For some, these are drugs – for others, but also the cry for help. “
So the bottom line is that there was no thematic master plan for the whole album, right? “No, because when I started writing the songs for this album, I did not even know what they were going to do,” confirms Christina, “so there was no master plan except to write good songs, you know, I’m coming Hard to write because you have to deal with so many things in the music business that you have to do to do what you want to do. ” In addition, one must know that Christina works without the support of a large record company and has to market their discs every time anew. “Yes, the goal was to write and see if I had anything to say,” muses Christina, “I did not know that before, but I think that I did it; where I always write about the topics that I have always written about. “Is there a specific recipe for that?” Well, I have a certain routine in writing a diary in the morning, “reveals Christina. “that may be the basis for a song or part of a song – but sometimes it’s just scribbling. I also like reading – reading about writing – not necessarily about songwriters, but about other authors. ” that may be the basis for a song or part of a song – but sometimes it’s just scribbling. I also like reading – reading about writing – not necessarily about songwriters, but about other authors. ” that may be the basis for a song or part of a song – but sometimes it’s just scribbling. I also like reading – reading about writing – not necessarily about songwriters, but about other authors. “
And what inspired Christina musically on the new album? Can it be that this time she deliberately steered the ship towards a poppy direction? There are comparatively many keyboard sounds and electronic effects on the album – and less the folk-based elements of the past. “It was nothing special,” she says, “each song has its own story and is quite different, I wanted it to sound the same in the studio as I would later play it live, I did not want a big band and no big ones They should actually be more calm and soulful, but I think I’ve sung them quite differently than I did before. ” In fact, one can not deny Christina a certain fervor in the lecture. But there is definitely no plan to sound this way or that. Of course, I always want to get better and keep entertaining better – but otherwise there is no claim behind it. ” But there is definitely no plan to sound this way or that. Of course, I always want to get better and keep entertaining better – but otherwise there is no claim behind it. “
Well – if there is no claim or plan behind it, how is the musical development taking place instead? Because since her early days as a folk-pop songwriter, Christina has musically developed quite a bit further. “Sometimes it’s an experiment,” she reveals, “like the song ‘Always Reminding’, my last single, Dale wrote the music here, and I the lyrics – we had the melody and the lyrics for years. But it was only when he came around the corner with this electronic beat that we both knew exactly how to fit in rhythmically, but again, we did not claim to make it sound like it was supposed to be a pop song I just like working with the production. ” But that also leads to pieces like “Impossible To Hold”, with a very special sound design. “Yeah, I have to admit that I’m a huge Pretenders fan and I wanted this song to get a certain Chrissie Hynde touch – even if I disagree with it – let’s say this: I’m going to do it song by song and some songs require a specific intention. ” What is the song about? “That’s the thing,” says Christina, “that’s why it’s about a writer’s block and doubts about your own artistic ability, so the song had to be rough and aggressive as well.” I wrote this song after listening to a Carole King concert in Hyde The idea of the song is, that you can be connected to an artist or an idea – without being able to experience this artist or this idea directly – in other words, physically. You can not hold her. Is not it true that you can not hold on much in this life anyway? “That’s probably true, but back to Christina’s album: what would be the conclusion that draws Christina herself?” Maybe this album just allowed me, my different ones She explains, “What’s important to Christina about a good song?” “I always try to pay attention to what the song itself wants,” Christina muses, “it’s always about gut feeling. It’s that indefinable feeling you have when you like a song. That can only be a song on a whole album – even if they are all similar. Sometimes it’s the message of the song, sometimes just a rhythm. I’m revising my songs more than they used to, because nowadays you have to think hard about what you want to express in order to convey your ideas. “
What are the future prospects for Christina Martin? “When I think about the future, I think about how I could make my live shows a bit bigger, I would like to perform on bigger stages in front of more people, of course I realize that everybody wants that, but me I’m hopeful, and I’m grateful for what I have, because not all talented musicians have the same possibilities as me, I want to spread the music, because music is a powerful medium that can heal. “
Original article via Gaesteliste Internet-Musikmagazin, written by: Ullrich Maurer