Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Caitlin Anne Webster’s “Wait (on Love),” which was recorded and engineered by Jason Soda of Palomino Sound, and produced by Dave “Mustang” Lane. “Wait (on Love)” is Caitlin Anne Webster on rhythm guitar and lead vocals; Iain Weigert on lead guitar and backing vocals; Travis Popichak on drums; Jada Wagensomer on bass; with Amber Bradberry and Laura Marion on backing vocals.
The video was directed by Joshua Zev Nathan, with cinematography by Iain Trimble; Jake Schultz as crew; Drey Singer as colorist; and the film was processed and scanned by Spectra. Actors in the video are Pat Ross and Darwin Lujan. The video is a feat of throwback black and white cinematography. Webster’s vocal tone is quite remarkable in its ethereal power warble and the video’s muted setting highlights that with a bang.
“Wait (on Love)” is about exactly what the title says. I wrote it in a van while I was touring the Pacific Northwest with my friend Blind J Wakins. This was shortly after the dissolution of a years-long, mostly committed, mostly on, occasionally off, relationship. My tour mate and I had pulled off at a hotel near a pretty dense stretch of Redwoods we had driven through at night, which was sad for me, as someone who relishes in taking in the outdoors. Well, there was a massive rainstorm that night and my visibility was frighteningly crummy. I was the sole driver on that run. While my tour mate enjoyed the hotel room, I took to the van to work out this melody that had popped into my head somewhere along the way. In the months immediately following the break up, I was focused on partying and trying to just escape from the heartache and pain I was feeling. Then I met someone new at a friend’s birthday party and became romantically interested, but that raised a whole slew of questions I had to reflect on, receiving both solicited and unsolicited advice from friends and family:
How long “should” one hold out for a love that is not really positive anymore, but maybe they’ve invested a lot of time and energy in? After the old Love is let go of, how long “should” one wait before it’s healthy to love again? Of course, what makes these questions so difficult is that, despite what some folks might opine, there really is no right or wrong answer. This song was my attempt to process some of those questions, along with some of the sorrow I was feeling about the loss of someone who I shared so much with. In a way, It’s a sad love song and it is, to a point, about losing love. It’s also about empowerment, and being strong enough to recognize and step away from something when you realize you aren’t getting what you need from it any longer.
As many musicians will tell you, real musicians have day jobs. In LA, my day job was waiting tables. The directors of the music video, Joshua Zev Nathan and Jordan Drey Singer and I pulled our resources, found some actors who were willing to work odd hours, and we shot on location at Ostrich Farm while they were closed. If it weren’t for the kindness, faith, and generosity of so many others, these songs and videos would not have been possible. I’m so grateful for the inspiration that comes from living and dreaming amongst the sort of scrappy, tenacious, creative souls I have been fortunate enough to encounter and call friends and colleagues.
In more exciting news, in 2020 I’ll also be releasing new music with my duo project called Nightingale Rodeo. We’ll be doing a U.S. tour in March! Stay tuned — Caitlin Anne Webster
Discover more here: https://caitlinannewebster1.bandcamp.com