“Woodland” Is A Reflection On Meg Chandler’s Childhood With Her Brother

Great storytelling is inspired by various things, such as personal experiences or an artist’s perspectives on life. When an artist can tell intriguing and relatable stories, it leads to compelling music. This can be seen in the success of modern musicians such as Taylor Swift or classic rock icons such as Neil Young. The emotions behind these stories are perfectly expressed in stripped-down tracks such as Meg Chandler’s newest single, “Woodland.”

“Woodland” is a mix of indie folk and dream pop that brings Meg Chandler’s reflection on her childhood to life with a combination of acoustic guitar and soft, vulnerable vocals. The only other instrument used is a gentle drum beat introduced in the chorus and different sound effects throughout the song. As a result of the instrumental’s minimalist feel, the listener can focus even more on Chandler’s vocals and the song’s lyrics.  

Listen to “Woodland” below:

Chandler describes the meaning of “Woodland” as being,

“…About mine and my brother’s childhood and wishing that I could’ve protected our younger selves from all the bad things life has thrown at us. This year my dad suffered a heart attack, luckily he is doing well now, but as you can imagine it was an extremely tough time for my family. I went into the studio a month after this happened and with the help of [a] Manchester based production/writing duo we refined all of these extreme emotions I was feeling (fear[and] uneasiness as well as hope) into this 3 minute song. The result is a piece of music that truly has my heart.”

The lyrics paint this picture of Chandler’s emotions and her relationship with her brother, especially in the aftermath of her father’s heart attack. The end of the first verse poses the question: “I lost sight of heaven/ After the heart attack/ If God doesn’t wanna listen/ Will we be alright with that?” In the song’s final verse, Chandler returns to this question: “I lost faith in heaven/ And I’ll never get that back/ Cause if God doesn’t want to listen/ Then we’ll be alright with that.” The descriptive lyricism portrays the rawness of Meg Chandler’s fear and hope, capturing her want to protect her younger brother from the pain and hurt they’ve faced.

Read more about the story behind “Woodland” below:

“Woodland” is Chandler’s second single, following the release of her debut “What Did You Expect?” which is a more upbeat indie pop track compared to “Woodland.” To stay up to date on Meg Chandler and her music, follow her on TikTok and Instagram. Also, check out Meg Chandler’s first single, “What Did You Expect?” below!

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Hello! I love writing about a variety of topics, such as books and music, and have my own blog, https://readingandwritingthroughlife.com/. I also do freelance work, which you can see more of on my portfolio website, https://erinfreelancewriting.com/.
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enordhof Author
Hello! I love writing about a variety of topics, such as books and music, and have my own blog, https://readingandwritingthroughlife.com/. I also do freelance work, which you can see more of on my portfolio website, https://erinfreelancewriting.com/.

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