Rachel Norman – Fairway Drive (Interview)

October 3, 2020
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When the sun is goin down
And you’re drivin out on the town
Don’t forget
How I used to come around

When the kids are walkin home
And you see them out on the road
Don’t forget
How we used to hold our own

I’d walk for miles
To see you smile
I’ll see you, I’ll see you
On Fairway Drive

Water falls and elevates
Flowing towards your sweet embrace
Don’t forget
Tales of how we overcame

I know you’ll be back again
Drivin home to be with your friends
Don’t forget
“Hey, I’m outside! Yo, check your texts!”

I’d walk for miles
To see you smile
I’ll see you, I’ll see you
On Fairway Drive

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I’d walk for miles
To see you smile
I’ll see you, I’ll see you

I’d walk for miles
To see you smile
I’ll see you, I’ll see you
On Fairway Drive

Rachel Norman - Fairway Drive (Interview)

Interview

Rachel Norman, visit us today. It brought us a lot of joy with your music and it is a great pleasure to have you here.

Rachel Norman, tell us a little bit about yourself.

At the moment, I’m truly just figuring it out. I’ve been performing since I was little, and after I graduated college it’s been such a whirlwind of trying to make my art a full time job. While I’m out of work due to covid, indulging in songwriting has been such a blessing. I’m so happy to share this release with you as I think it fully encapsulates the spirit and sound I feel most myself in.

We would like to know your history as an artist.

I started taking vocal lessons in the fifth grade, and ever since then I’ve been singing (most of the time to my roommates’ dismay). After graduating from college with a degree in theatre, I’ve been auditioning for acting projects throughout NYC and trying to get my foot in the door. Music has always been my favorite form of expression though, because you have total creative freedom and agency. My EP ‘Resist’ came out last April, and looking back, I feel so lucky to have performed it live at a couple of venues before covid hit. Live performance has always been so special to me, and I really hope to perform this next wave of music soon.

Tell us the story of this song.

Fairway Drive is the street I used to live on as a child with my whole family. It was my favorite house, the house where all my friends used to gather in the basement to plan our adventures. I wrote this song while driving around in my hometown. No longer living on Fairway Drive and all of my family having grown up and residing elsewhere, I felt like an outsider looking into this bubble of nostalgia. I have so much love for that house, and my friends, and have always wanted to write a song to commemorate those moments of growing up together. This song is dedicated to everybody’s road trip home, and I hope it makes you smile. Recorded/produced/mixed/mastered 100% remotely over zoom studio sessions.

Tell us a funny story from your career.

A year ago, I was playing my first live show down at The Delancey, and had invited the boy I was just starting to date. When you’re just starting out in music, live shows become reunions because you beg every family member and friend over facebook messenger to come out and support you, to avoid giving an exclusive concert to the sound guy. I didn’t realize this when inviting a BOY, and that it might be a bit overwhelming for him to meet my whole world in one night. My mom, sister, and best friend had him scoped out immediately, and thank GOD he had somewhere to be after the show because my whole posse would’ve hounded him and scared him away. I’m happy to say that we’ve now moved in together, so I guess he wasn’t scared off. Or, I scared him just enough 🙂

Also tell a story of overcoming.

I think there’s pressure for artists to “know everything”. There are so many classes and programs to purchase, it can be overwhelming to think of all the things you don’t know. It’s been difficult maintaining the confidence to simply just keep going and tell myself that I’m enough. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten recently came from my favorite band, Overcoats. “You don’t need to have any more knowledge than you have right now”, they said.

Leave a message for your fans.

Use what you got. If you’re passionate about pursuing an art, know that you are enough. We need artists right now more than ever, so please share your voice. And VOTE for Biden/Harris on November 3rd. vote.org

Rachel Norman we wish you every success!

And see you in the next interview. Bye!

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