Interview: Adam Smith - Alt-Country, Folk Musician - Page 4
The first video, "Something to Believe In," very cool song.
The song "Something to Believe In" is really just about searching. There is a lot of personal emotion in that song. For me, it's just observing mankind's desire to believe in something: something to cling to, a higher power to go to. And that's obviously different for a lot of people, but to me it's really very much about searching and questioning things and challenging yourself, because that's where true spirituality lies.
Tell me what message you want folks to get from your music.
I think the best thing that can happen is that someone finds their own meaning in my songs, and that occurs quite a bit. But my style of writing is very straight-forward, there's not a lot of metaphor in my writing so it may not be as open to interpretation.
But the message from my music, in general, has to change from time to time, just depending on where I'm at. Some days are better than others. Some days I'm more positive. This is definitely going to be the most positive record I've ever put out. This record is very up, which I think people need right now because we're going through a lot of stuff, each and every one of us.
So, I'm just trying to up-lift people. I want to be the kind of person that they want to be around. Whether it's a dark song or something really happy, I hope that somebody can relate to it or find some kind of sanctuary in the music that I make. To let people know that you're not alone and that we all kind of experience these kinds of things.
You donate to Teen Lifeline. Tell me a little bit about the organization.
Teen Lifeline is a peer-to-peer counseling hotline for troubled teens. Teens call in for all different reasons, the main one being suicide.
I became aligned with them because my manager did creative advertising for them for a while and suggested that I go spend a day with them at the call center. So I did and they welcomed me in, and I felt really privileged and lucky to come into their private world.
I got to know them and their stories. I got to see what they do up-close. I was just so moved, and I wanted to do something to give back to them; they're all volunteers and they all do so much to help. So, I took to the piano and I wrote this song that's called "A Friend is a Stranger." It is a single, available on iTunes, and 100% proceeds of that single go to support Teen Lifeline.Continued on the next page