Bethany Ferrie – Bones (Interview)

May 23, 2021
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I see ghosts in mirrors
And hold onto pictures
Of people I don’t recognise
Cut my teeth on forever
Landmines everywhere
I’ve got a thousand unused goodbyes
Hey
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of
A place where I can be enough
Cause I’m so tired of running from myself
I didn’t know what I wanted ‘til I saw your face
Now it takes the air from my lungs
I wanna open to my bones
To my bones
I’ve seen faded nights
Watched the days go by
I hit every yellow light on my way home
Lie awake to the sound of my very own heartbeat
Now I’m chasing a feeling I thought I forgot
And the sun’s on my hands like it’s something of worth
Hey
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of
A place where I can be enough
Cause I’m so tired of running from myself
I didn’t know what I wanted ‘til I saw your face
Now it takes the air from my lungs
I wanna open to my bones
To my bones
Hey
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of
A place where I can be enough
Cause I’m so tired of running from myself
I didn’t know what I wanted ‘til I saw your face
Now it takes the air from my lungs
I wanna open to my bones
To my bones
Hey
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of
A place where I can be enough
Cause I’m so tired of running from myself

Bethany Ferrie - Bones (Interview)

Interview

Bones is a beautiful song by the super talented Bethany Ferrie. It is a great honor to have you here today.

Tell us about yourself.

I am a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Glasgow. From picking up a guitar at the age of 10, I found a love for music that I’ve carried with me ever since. Through honest and thoughtful lyrics, I have gone on to be shortlisted for the BBC Radio Scotland Singer/Songwriter Award 2019 and signed my first music publishing contract with EMI in 2020.

We would like to know your history as an artist.

I didn’t start singing until I reached high school and that was only when the music teachers at my school found out about my YouTube channel when I would post covers. They got me into doing school talent shows and Christmas shows. My first original song was performed in one but I didn’t really start writing until I got to university and started studying music. A couple of the projects at university really pushed me to get out there and that’s how I started releasing music. That was in 2019 and then I got in touch with Ade, my manager, was shortlisted for the BBC Radio Scotland contest and it all really drove me to keep going in those first few months of being an official “artist.”

Tell us the story of this song.

Bones came about between all the lockdowns going on. I was just left with myself so often, with no distractions, that it’s sort of inevitable you start facing the things you’ve been trying to ignore. The song formed from a couple of other songs I’d written. I re-wrote some parts of the verse but they first came from a completely different song. The chorus was just me playing the track on a loop until something came to me. I only had that ‘Hey’ at the beginning and ‘I want to open to my bones’ which again was from a different song but I thought it was a too great a line just to be sitting in the middle of a verse or a bridge. The rest was written in about 5 minutes once I knew where I was going. I knew the track itself had to sound huge and anthemic so I listened to a lot of Coldplay and Kings of Leon. I do a lot of the basic production at home by myself but then send my idea over to Ross Griggs who fully produces it, a lot of the anthemic sound came from what he did with it. I just knew it had to sound like the feeling of letting go.

Also tell a story of overcoming.

I just recently finished off a song that feels like it’s been 10 years in the making. It had a lot to do with Bones and that idea to stop running from the things you have to face. It deals a lot with grief and facing the truth of things. The final song is like the tenth version of it for me. I kept going in and adding parts, taking away parts. I would change the tempo or the key slightly and I would have to redo all of my vocals. It was a really long process for me because I wanted everything to sound just right since the song was so important to me. It was definitely worth it in the end.

Bethany Ferrie thanks for visiting. We wish you much success.

And we’ll see you in the next interview. Bye!

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