The Long Fall‘s Facebook biography reads, “Singer-songwriter Amy Rieckelman’s indie/pop vision of life, love, and the bittersweet.” With the premiere of “Trouble,” a mournful track of alienation, doubt, nostalgia, and ultimate resignation in the face of corrupted love, The Long Fall lives up to this thematic synopsis.
Rieckelman says of the song, “‘Trouble’ is the song I wrote to break old patterns. I remember feeling like if I just wrote these lyrics down, that somehow, I could teach myself to move on. For me, the song is about letting go- of bad habits, toxic love & friendships, old ideas we keep of ourselves, etc.- and pushing through the pain into, ultimately, freedom. My producer, Jason Hill, working with the guitars (with FX that are a nod to the Sunset Strip rockers I loved growing up), and organ tracked by Billy Harvey, Anthony Polcino and Justin Sconza respectively, decided to add drums/ synth/ bass allowing the song to explode by the end. The result, for me at least, conveys the feeling that the ‘farewell’ the song suggests really is for the ‘good’. I want the listener to feel like they’re winning when the song’s over. This is probably why, when I play it live, there’s usually a big ol’ smile on my face.”
May we all come to know the sweet liberation of finally being able to let go.
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