Coração Is Everyone’s Song Now

By: Jake, manager Up until a few years ago it hadn’t ever occurred to me that many (if not most) songs are non-fiction. Inspired by real events. True stories. I’m not sure why but music always just seemed to me to fit in with movies or novels—things written by real people but not about real people. It also didn’t occur to me that the people writing the songs weren’t writing about other people. They were often writing about themselves and sometimes in very personal ways. Now that I’m managing The National Parks I get to see songs develop from the very earliest stages. Brady will often send me rough phone recordings, usually just a chord progression and a mumbled lyric-less melody, and then months (or even years) later those recordings evolve into large masterful productions. It’s really cool. I love watching that creative process. Sometimes Brady tells me what inspires his songs, sometimes I ask, or sometimes I don’t have to ask because we’re now close enough friends that I know intimate details about his life. I used to feel like this was privileged information. I knew the backstories so I knew what the songs were really about. But I don’t feel that way anymore and here’s why: I don’t think that Brady gets to decide what the songs he writes are about. I think that the second a song is shared it isn’t just the musician’s song anymore. Of course I’m not talking about copyright or anything like that. I’m saying that an artist doesn’t get to decide what their piece of art means any more than anyone else. What inspires...