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I Don't Know the Way - Single

Arend Lee Jessurun

“I Don’t Know the Way” is a dreamy folk ballad inspired by Brandi Carlile, Leonard Cohen, T. S. Eliot, and the search for a life of meaning.

I was listening to NPR’s New Music Friday, on my way to a coffee shop that was, as it turned out, closed, when this melody presented itself to me. I felt inspired after having heard Brandi Carlile’s song “The Mother,” and sang this new melody into my phone. Perhaps it was my unconscious mind coming up with an alternate melody for that song (as it turns out, my verses scan in the same meter as Brandi’s). It was a few more months and several drafted verses before I came up with lyrics I felt I could sing. I had always wanted to write a song in the style of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” with the second verse taking an aside and contemplating a religious figure. Similarly, I’d always wanted to write one of those rambling folk songs about travel, but travel in an inward, spiritual sense.
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The chorus hook for Arend Lee Jessurun’s latest single “I Don’t Know the Way” came from one afternoon spent pondering the concept of vocation. Arend had long known he wanted a career as a singer-songwriter, he even completed a degree in music, but he quibbled over whether this was his calling. Imposter syndrome, trauma-related depression, and religious scrupulosity were among the host of obstacles that took his attention away from fully pursuing music. In 2019, after many years of therapy, the growing discontent of not making his own music, and a brief and unsuccessful stint as a barista, Arend booked his first solo performance, opening for a friend’s album release party.

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