- 24 Feb 21
The track was partially recorded in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles and partially in Nick Cave’s studio in Brighton, UK. Photo: William Andrews
Wicklow born songwriter Bjorn Baillie has shared his debut single 'Septembering', under his new moniker The Jonah Medal.
"The song is about being in the middle of the mid-life storm," Baillie explains. "You’re pulled every which way by the younger who need and rely on you, and the older who need you for a whole other set of reasons. I like the word September as a metaphor for middle-age. You’re no longer in your Spring-youth. So being in your 40’s is Septembering. The things that have come along in your life, the people who have become part of your family, and define who you are now. The responsibility and weight of those relationships is reflected in this song. The melody is one of the simplest but most instant of anything I’ve written. It feels like it has been around forever, but it just landed in my lap. Areal gem.
“I’m asking my own generation if they’re okay. Mid-life is here for so many of us," he continues. "With older parents and young children… we’re the generation squeezed in the middle trying to hold it all together. That's what I’m addressing, all following my lead to serve the song, with sincerity and warmth.”
'Septembering' is full of weathered optimism, clear-eyed understanding, the highs and lows of relationships and adulthood.
Watch the video below.