Singer-songwriter Lauren Mann’s 4th studio album Memory & Desire is out today on all digital platforms! And to celebrate, Lauren is releasing the video for the album’s 3rd single ‘Don’t Make a Mountain’. Watch the video here.
It was Lauren’s longtime friend and collaborator, Ross Bodenmann, who had the idea for the ‘Don’t Make a Mountain’ video, which they filmed in Comox Valley on Vancouver Island over the summer.
“I often tend to worry unnecessarily, so I wrote this song as a reminder to myself when I feel anxiety creeping in to take a deep breath, plant my feet firmly on the ground, and remember the bigger picture,” says Lauren. “The video shows two contrasting characters, one who is lost and weary of the journey, and the other who is pushing through the obstacles searching for beauty and truth.”
Lauren wrote the songs that make up Memory & Desire over the course of four very formative years, both personally and creatively. She was finding herself again as a woman entering her 30s, and as a songwriter and musician, she was soaking up influences from the albums she was listening to at the time from Jordan Klassen, Luca Fogale, Rose Cousins and more. And she was also learning covers of the classics: Gordon Lightfoot, Carole King, Leonard Cohen, and Beth Orton at local community jams on Pender Island.
“When I was introduced to a Harmony tenor guitar from the late 60s, my songwriting and sound began to centre around that,” says Lauren. “After years of sitting with the songs, writing and rewriting, trying them live, and making demos, the recording process with producer Josh Rob Gwilliam was simple and organic. He helped bring the songs to life in my home studio using various organs, pianos, and other instruments I have laying around and crafting a sound that is as expansive as it is grounded.”
Lauren Mann’s new album Memory & Desire is available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services worldwide. For more information, please visit: laurenmannmusic.com