UTR: Can you share more about the closing track “It’s Okay To Have Nothing To Say”?
Anthony: I think one of the character traits I struggle with the most is how well I deal with silence. I remember in 2017 I was really having a tough time where I found myself at the funeral home multiple times over the course of several months. After the 3rd or 4th time I remember sitting in my car and asking myself if I was really up for this again. Over and over my intention was to provide words of comfort to my friend in their time of loss when just my presence was enough. I’ve since began thinking that I view God in the same way. There’s a feeling that He needs me to confess all of my failure and weakness when really His desire is for me to lay at His feet and just cry like a baby. What feels like silence and a lack of acknowledgement may actually be Him listening to my heart and not my voice. I have come to understand that my fear of silence is not a reflection of who He is but of my own insecurity. The idea that it’s okay to have nothing to say is comforting and reassuring.
UTR: As someone who has been writing songs for 20 years, what is a piece of advice you have for newer up-and-coming songwriters?
Anthony: Find songwriters that you admire and study their technique. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask questions. Find ways to grow in the craft and don’t be afraid the be honest. Try not to let your motivation be the size of your audience and write the best songs you can, always, no matter how long they take. Never settle.
Anthony Quails hails from Chattanooga, TN – and you can find his full discography on Bandcamp – https://anthonyquails.bandcamp.com/