Libby Jade Reminds Us to Live in the Present with Acoustic Single, “Pausing Clocks”
While memories often present a way for us to hold on to precious moments from our past, getting lost within our memories and staying within the past can also become a barrier to living a fulfilling life in the present. Jersey City-based indie-pop artist Libby Jade marks her third release of the year with an important message and reminder for us all – to make peace with the present, because life does continue and we must allow ourselves to live it. Sharing the story behind it, Libby says,
I’ve always had a difficult time with change, big or small, which is why I believe I’m so obsessed with the concept of living as in the moment as possible. Each verse in this song refers to specific times in my life that were beautiful, special, and magical to me, that then suddenly came to a close. For instance, the experience of adopting my 11 year old French Bulldog, Bella, that I only had for 9 months as she passed shortly after adopting her. For each pre-save, I have donated a dollar back to Bella’s rescue, Bullies 2 The Rescue.
“Pausing Clocks” is a reminder that good feelings return as life continues on. Good times will continue to be experienced and that fuzzy warm feeling always comes back if you look for it.
Libby shares that “Pausing Clocks” is the single she so far feels closest to and with its relatable message and soft acoustic tones, the track becomes a calm escape for anyone who might be feeling loss, whether of a loved one or experience, or just the nostalgia that comes with getting old. With brushed guitar strums and marching pop beats, the sound design feels distantly familiar, adding to the sense of being lost within time. Libby shares her memories with us with prominent vocals, backed by more angelic vocalizations, that holds a special sense of relatability and down-to-earth energy. Within the catchy hook, listeners can hear the internal struggle between wanting to hold onto the past but also wanting to move on. Ultimately, the song reaches acceptance – the past is the past and it won’t come back, but we can make new memories with new feelings.