The truest sign of a good songwriter is the ability to listen; to take in stories wherever one can and digest them to turn them in to new beautiful, powerful things. Olivia Bandy certainly possesses that talent. Drawing inspiration from a true story she read in a memoir, Bandy wrote “The Next Wave”. She knew when she read the memoir last year that she wanted to write a song about what she’d encountered and she spent the next several months perfecting lyrics to find the balance between the sadness and strength we often find in our darkest, most challenging moments.
Bandy described the song as being dedicated to all of the people and things that challenge us and hold us back, and to finding a renewed power within ourselves through our struggles.
Well done, Miss Bandy. We’ll be over here with the tissue box.