Christy Jean fka The Tender Fruit creates the kind of deeply emotive music that feels almost too sincere and delicate for this world. Her singles more often seem like secrets; a whispered pronouncement coming from the deepest parts of her heart and entrusted to you. "Own Your Sadness" continues that fragile emotion, in a track that so perfectly echoes the painful mystery and beauty associated with sadness.
We often run from our darkest points, turning to whatever means necessary to cope, and "Own Your Sadness" is a reminder to hold tightly to the parts that make us human and learn from them. The track starts out so softly with twinkling, serene instrumentals setting a stage for Christy Smith to step in, her vocals a resounding, powerful force. "Own your sadness," she instructs, her voice unwavering in its strength; crying out that "I can't tell you that everything will be alright." As the single winds it way to a conclusion, Smith subtly makes her exit, with only the same shimmering dusting of instrumentals present to guide you back home.
Whether intentional or not, it's all too fitting that "Own Your Sadness" comes as we begin this New Year. As we look back on what seemed to be a garbage fire year for many, the song is a reminder to hold that sadness for only a moment, and then prepare yourself to move forward to whatever awaits us in the light.
Keep your eyes peeled for more from Jean, who is planning an EP release for later this year. You can also pick up her previous release as The Tender Fruit on Future Oak.