Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of MacKenzie Grant’s song “Putting Down Some Things,” from her upcoming full-length album, Wonder World, which will be available March 18 via Blackbird Record Label. It was produced by Phil Dubnick and MacKenzie Grant; engineered, mixed, and mastered by Phil Dubnick. The single will be available on January 7.
“Putting Down Some Things” is MacKenzie Grant on vocals, piano, and additional programming; and
Phil Dubnick on various guitars, tracking, and programming.
The video was directed by MacKenzie Grant. MacKenzie considers some concepts and human attributes that we would be so much better without — things we don’t need anymore. Grant’s songwriting is informed by witnessing a wave of these elements of the human experience, and the gentle easiness of her vocals helps to soothe the soul.
As a former counselor, I worked with children affected by poverty, marginalization, domestic violence, generational trauma–all things that were not their fault or theirs to carry as innocents. I tried to foster resilience and self-compassion in them. When I took a break from this work, I found I was crippled by many of the mindsets they lived with on a daily basis: shame, self-blame, fear, criticism, etc. I knew I had to give the same allowance and self-compassion to myself that I had encouraged in them. “Putting Down Some Things” is born of the idea that the way so many of us treat ourselves, the mental self-degradation, is ultimately just our brain trying to stay safe and protected. But that’s the big lie; that we have to beat ourselves up in order to find motivation and growth. I had to start putting down that self-criticism because it no longer worked. We’re all connected in our suffering and with the events of the past couple of years, we’ve experienced it exponentially. But for most of us it’s our own inner voice doing the most damage. It’s accepting ourselves and giving our suffering compassion that is needed to heal us, individually and collectively. – Mackenzie Grant