Ottawa, ON singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson has just released a new single, “True Blue Moon,” the first teaser track from her upcoming “Just Words” album. “I wrote this song in response to the Jacques classic Ne Me Quitte Pas,” shares Lynne. “I read in an interview that Brel didn’t consider it to be a love song, but instead of how far a man would go for love.”
We had the good fortune of catching a brief performance by Lynne Hanson last summer as a guest guitarist with Dave Gunning. Dazzled by her outstanding contribution, we were naturally curious to learn more about her own brand of folk-roots music, and with “True Blue Moon” arriving in my email inbox just a few days ago, this serves as a great place to start. With an infectious and up-tempo beat, the single marks something of an artistic departure for Hanson, collaborating with esteemed musician and producer, Jim Bryson, to push the music beyond her own boundaries and comfort zone on the upcoming album.
“True Blue Moon was written from the point of view of the woman who sees the romantic poet for what he is,” Hanson shares. “[He’s] a temporary love, incapable of long lasting love.” With a guitar-driven Americana heartbeat at the core, it is both the timely infusion of lap steel and lines such as “There’s no looking back, but here’s to looking at you kid,” that reinforce the Hanson’s devilish narrative here. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek kind of tune that pokes fun at the hopelessness felt when we fall head over heels,” she explains. “And the impossibility of maintaining that romantic fairytale over time.”