“I actually have a few songs I’ve never released because I felt like they were too personal and/or people would misunderstand their meaning,” says Julia Smith of Nachtigal. “They are my time capsule to put those emotions in, but I’m not sure if they would be helpful to other people or not. I struggle with that because I don’t want to hide the ugly parts of my life, and sometimes I think it could be helpful to other people to know they aren’t alone in feeling those things.”
“But at the same time, I don’t want to be guilty of glorifying unhealthy emotions. I do my best to bring my songs to a redemptive conclusion, but sometimes when I’m writing, the song just doesn’t want to go that way. It wants to sit in the feelings a bit longer and a 3-minute song just doesn’t give enough time to wrap it all up.”
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Read: Julia Smith of Nachtigal in the September issue.