RYL: tell us everything about your new EP “Maybe More” just released …What inspired most of his lyrics?
Bethany Becker: “Maybe More” is inspired by my life and the lives of those around me. I pulled inspiration for the concepts and lyrics directly from personal experiences.
I believe the best way to make music that people can connect and relate to is to pull inspiration from real life.
RYL: What is the meaning behind the verses of “We can save us”?
Bethany Becker: The verse of “We Can Save Us” is, in a nutshell, a series of metaphors describing a fight and a relationship falling apart. My favorite part about the lyrics is that they truly describe the damage caused by hurtful words.
They talk about words knocking us down, breaking bones, and leaving scars. I think it’s a good image of just how devastating emotionally cruel words can be.
The pre-chorus reveals the fact that neither person actually wants to fight and that they don’t really mean the things that are flying out of their mouths.
I think “We Can Save Us” is a very meaningful song, especially right now when relationships seem to be failing more than they are succeeding.
RYL: Is there a common inspiration between all your songs?
Bethany Becker: “Maybe More” and “Right Place Wrong Time” were pulled directly from my experiences and are actually both inspired by the same person. “We Can Save Us” is more of a message I believe people need to hear.
RYL: Do you remember how the lyrics of “Right Place wrong time” have been written?
Bethany Becker: “Right Place Wrong Time” was inspired by a very specific event.
A boy I had liked had gotten me invited to a party, where I thought he was going to confess that he had feelings for me.
Instead, while I was there I met his girlfriend. I found myself in the right place at the wrong time. Me and my co-writers took this story and wrote the song around it.
RYL: how do you, usually, write your songs?
Bethany Becker: It’s not always the same process. Lately, I’ve been starting with an idea that has either come from an experience or thought I’ve had or is something I think needs to be said.
Then, I’ll usually come up with a title or phrase that I think is pretty solid.
Then I’ll pick a few chords on my guitar and start improvising melodies and lyrics into the recorder on my phone.
After I get completely stuck, I’ll replay whatever I recorded and write down anything I think it worth keeping. From that, I can usually sit and write the song.
It’s a slightly different process when I’m co-writing, but not too much.
We still start with an idea or title and work from there, coming up with melodies and writing them down or recording them when we come up with something good. It’s a lot easier when there are multiple people throwing out ideas.
RYL: what is the meaning behind the verses of “Maybe More”?
Bethany Becker: The first verse of “Maybe More” is about a girl who fell hard for a guy when she least expected to. Now that he has left her life, she’s feels stupid for falling for him and wants to move one, but can’t. She’s afraid that she’ll never be able to.
In the second verse, she admits that her life isn’t the same without him, that the sun doesn’t feel as warm and the stars don’t seem as bright.
She knows that realistically things don’t always go how she wants them to, but at the same time she believes good things, like their relationship, shouldn’t have to end.
RYL: which is your favorite rock song (lyrically speaking)?
Bethany Becker: “How to Save a Life” by The Fray. It has a really powerful message.
RYL: Do you remember the day you started being a singer?
Bethany Becker: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I decided I wanted to be a singer when I was in the first grade and started really pursuing music professionally when I was thirteen.
RYL: Which is the last song you wrote (not yet published) ?
Bethany Becker: I’ve written a lot in the past few weeks! One song I recently wrote is called “Once in a While.”
It’s about knowing someone is completely in your past but every once in a while they still pop into your mind. I’m not yet sure if I’m going to publish the song.
RYL: tell us about your upcoming tour projects….
Bethany Becker: Right now I’m focusing on performing live in and around my hometown, Austin TX! I’m hoping to branch out into other areas soon 🙂 I always post about my upcoming shows on my website and social networks.