Jackie K, the Canadian alt-folk songstress has released her new single, “Green Heals Me”. One upside of the pandemic is that many of us rediscovered the healing power of Vitamin D-infused sunshine and the glory of the outdoors.
With the calm meander of a lazy day on the veranda or a leisurely hike through the woods, “‘Green Heals Me” features folky guitar, jazzy piano, and Jackie K’s signature plain-spoken, candor-filled voice, like that of a trusted friend. “I spent today living outside in the sunshine, To shake the lack of sleep, and way too much drink,” she begins. And then, she describes with rich imagery the perfume of the lilac-tinged air, the shade-giving pine trees, the canopy of the woods, and then the cool night air at the end of an outside-filled day.
“‘Green Heals Me’ is about feeling grateful for Spring,” Jackie K shares. “I just sat on my back deck on a hungover Saturday morning and wrote it down; I needed outside, and our winters are so long. Despite everything, I was just thankful.”
After hearing the song, some friends asked if it was about another kind of green.
“I did have several people ask me if it was a song about pot,” she muses. “I hadn’t thought that, but it would work! Green does heal in that capacity, too.”
While writing the song, the piano section was stumping her until her husband Tom suggested a very worthy influence and form of inspiration.
He said, “try something like [Thelonious] Monk’ and so I did,” she reveals, adding that the piano she used was a 100-year-old Mason & Risch. “It’s gorgeous and has a big, warm sound — sounds a little kooky, and outside. Perfect!”
“‘Green Heals Me” is from Jackie K’s four-track EP, Look for the Little Things, which also plays host to the song “Night at the Opry,” a tune inspired by a field trip to Memphis and Nashville Jackie took with her music students in 2020 right before Covid shut everything down. “Dandelions Everywhere” is another nature-infused, hope-fueled track. Rounding out the release is “In My Oasis,” a high-energy song also inspired by nature and the little things, and written about a teacup full of purple flowers.
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