I wrote the song Thin Air last summer (in 2011) while my boyfriend was away on an extended trip. We were spending a lot of time together and so I missed him quite a bit when he was away on his trip. It was still the beginning of the relationship at this point, so some of the inevitable anxieties began to surface when he was gone and I was stuck in New York feeling all Bananarama "Cruel Summer." (I literally had that song in my head for weeks.) There is a lot of vulnerability at the start of (almost) any new relationship - whether it's a romantic relationship, starting a new job, buying a home, moving, etc.
I AM FLYING
I titled my latest album, LIBERTY, because I decided that I'm going to live and do music not bound by anything and found out that's what I want to do. I AM FLYING is the first song in the album.
"I AM FLYING IN THIS SPACE UNLIMITED. I AM REACHING THE SUMMIT ABOVE THE SKY. I AM BREATHING THE AIR THAT'S TIMELESS. I AM FLYING IN THIS SPACE UNLIMITED."
I'm from Seattle, WA, originally, but currently living in Japan. Upon the mega earthquake and tsunami last year, so many precious lives were lost. And, we realized that the fact is that there is not always tomorrow and everything is so fragile and irreplaceable.
Personally, one of my siblings and two of my friends passed away so soon this year. I am still sadden by it and devastated that I cannot say that I love him and her any more. I can't help thinking that on this day last year, he was here and she was there. And, I reaffirm myself that I must live now, this moment, and that's the only thing I can do. I know I'm imperfect and must have made and probably will make mistakes in my life but I want to live this moment and truly want to be a better person, which I think equals to be a better singer, and love and cherish all the people around me and all the people I meet and the moments with them, whom you never know when you can meet again. Although there's an end to a life, there seem to be no end to love, dream and sincerity.
What is beautiful about life and human beings are not the future but the fact that we are currently here, living and caring for each other. And, that's the only thing we really have to do and enjoy. Because we are alive, we can imagine a color that we've never seen before. Because we are alive, we see each other in our eyes. And because they were here, we could feel them next to us all the time. I AM HERE. YOU ARE HERE. AND, THEY WERE HERE. THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS.