Two months ago, Gavin DeGraw’s mother, Lynne, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Gavin, still grieving, recently told People about how writing has been therapeutic for him, though he hasn’t been able to finish anything.
Sad New Songs
While his mother was still sick, Gavin tells People:
I was too overwhelmed with sadness to complete anything. Everything I was writing was just sounding like a hymn, and it was making me so sad. I was just crying all the time, and I was basically writing a gospel record.
I began feeling conflicted in even trying to complete anything because I didn’t want it to feel like I was trying to market something so sad. It felt like it would be disingenuous. I was writing and I was recording it, but I was feeling like it could only live in the moment as it stood. None of it was coming out as organized.
At this point, it’s too soon to say if those sad songs will appear on Gavin’s next album. As he explained to People, Gavin “hasn’t been able to get past the emotion of it all,” but he “can still feel those melodies.”
I don’t know if I can wrangle all those feelings and organize them in a way that would allow me to feel like I’m doing my mom justice. I’m very apprehensive to even delve into it because everything seems kind of second best to her.
A Raw, Acoustic Direction
Before his mother passed away, Gavin was in the midst of his RAW tour, and indeed, that sentiment will carry over into his new music. He says that his new album will be “very raw” and “acoustic-based.” Gavin continued:
So much of the music scene has been oversaturated with production, and I believe in the copyright more than I believe in the technology of music. I think the writing is the most important. The song should sound good coming out of the worst speakers if the song’s good. It’s all about the song.
Something Worth Saving
Gavin’s last album, Something Worth Saving, came out in September 2016. It launched the singles “She Sets The City On Fire” and “Making Love With The Radio On,” plus a live music video for the title track two months ago.
Last summer, Gavin DeGraw embarked on his RAW tour, with more dates throughout October.
It’s only been one year since his last album, and Gavin will likely need more time to process and grieve his mother’s death. It will likely be a couple of years before we hear his next album. We do anticipate it to be very intimate, honest, and emotional – as some of his best music is.
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