“There was this distinct line in the sky where there were blue skies and then there was this huge gray — just a smoke cloud of death that was rolling over,” he says. “The next day it was snowing and ashing at the same time, just this apocalyptic nature that mixed with the pandemic.”
The unpleasant sight made him think of all the trees perishing in the flames, but also about the uncertainty of his own future as a musician after all the work he’d put into it. Uncertainty, he says, and the fear and anxiety that spring from it, usually make good fodder for music and art.
"“I think that’s the only real moral of the song: We can’t control what’s going to happen,” he says. “We can accept what’s going to happen to us, whether it’s good or bad. That’s the gist of what I was trying to capture.”
David Lawrence, alongside The Spoonful, has released a masterful and metaphorical debut single, “Seeds We Sow,” bringing listeners on a powerful journey of acceptance and reflection of this past year.
As a writer and a musician, Lawrence incorporates the soulful strength of blues and a rich sense of space into his single, spreading a message of both acceptance and control.
Lawrence, along with his band The Spoonful, leans heavily on finger-picking guitar and fiddle of Americana and blues roots to accompany his soft, reedy vocals. The guitar-driven sound is heavily influenced by blues artists and singer-songwriters, Lawrence said. The band is nearing completion on their yet-unnamed debut album, he said, entering into the post-production stage now.
With “Seeds We Sow,” the upcoming album and the work of other creatives in the area, Lawrence hoped that arts and music will continue to bring people solace and community in tumultuous times.
“I think good art is able to touch on topics and things in the world and give people an emotive feeling about what’s happening without telling them how to feel,” Lawrence said. “I like art when it's more open to interpretation for the listener’s experience to come in.”