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“Funeral” by Bridget Rian Explores Morality, Loss, and Nostalgia Through Ethereal Vocals

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Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Bridget Rian, grew up in Long Island, NY, and began writing songs at the age of 11 after her mom bought her a guitar for her 10th birthday. With parents that listened to a wide array of music, Bridget received a great music education and her experience was furthered when her high school choir teacher showed her badass women singers and songwriters. Her taste for songwriting began and helped her process her emotions throughout high school. Although she declares music as her major in college, it was difficult for her to fall in love with the classical music course requirements and a few years and major changes later, she decided to start her songwriting career in Nashville in summer 2019.

In the fall of 2020, Bridget was signed with Lady Savage MGMT & PR and is now gearing up to release her debut EP, Talking to Ghosts, which is a delicate, dark, and intricate collection of stories rooted in the bittersweet honest about the fragile human condition. Produced by Paul Moak and recorded at The Smoakstack in Nashville, the EP perfectly captures Bridget’s painfully pure timbre, while the lush sounds of lap steel and acoustic guitars intensely wash over each track and immerse you deep into the heart of every story.

“Funeral” is her third single to be released from her forthcoming EP and she describes it below,

This song is extremely personal to me. It was written as an apology to someone I was once close with. It is me begging for forgiveness and coming to terms with my own guilt. Whenever I play this song in public, someone from the audience comes up to talk to me about this specific song after the show. They share their stories on how addiction has affected their life and loved ones. They share memories of people they lost. I wrote this song to heal myself. In turn, I hope this song has helped and will help heal others. It takes on new life every time I play it and it is dedicated in memory of anyone who has lost the battle to addiction.

Delicate guitar strums and ethereal vocals outline the soundscape for the contemplative storytelling. The combination of soft acoustics, emotive lyrics, and expressive vocals draws listeners into the solemn atmosphere. There’s a painful, yet beautiful, sadness that lingers in the air throughout the song. An apologetic chorus reveals the weight that hangs in Bridget’s heart from missing the funeral of her best friend while the verses reveal the impact of that weight. There is an indescribable beauty to this song. The production and vocals are both stunning, but the real heart of the song comes from the message. For anyone who has gone through this sort of loss before, it’s undoubtedly relatable and the feelings it conjures up are familiar.

Thank you, Bridget, for bearing your heart and soul in this song.

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