The trend towards pessimism in songwriting countered

Carla Muller's new single, "Another Morning After," looks at the joyous side of life and love

Last updated on Sep 07, 23

Posted on Sep 07, 23

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Carla Muller, a Woolwich-based musician, has just released her latest single, ‘Another Morning After,’ about the joys of life together with the people you love.

“Another Morning After is literally the story of how my husband Tom and I met and our wonderful and blessed life together,” said the singer via email. “But it was written in a very dark time. We were sitting together and watching the news in early 2020, and someone on air said, ‘Life as we know it, is over.’ What a depressing thing to say!”

But then, as she mulled it over, she realized that this is a sentiment that’s actually true for most circumstances.

“I thought, well, that’s true with everything. When you get married or have kids, or when they grow up on you, everything is always changing. I turned to my husband and said, “I want so many more tomorrows with you. I want all the morning afters, too. We’re not done yet!’”

The song depicts the singer wishing for the chance to experience the morning after some of life’s largest milestones once again, such as the morning after her wedding or after the birth of a child.

“This song was written in defiance of that defeatist early-pandemic attitude. It comes from a place of hope and projects to the future, to what we dream of having someday. It makes the point that we aren’t anywhere close to being done with ‘morning afters,’” she said.

‘Another Morning After’ is the first song of an album Muller is working on called The In Between Album. This, in turn, is part of a larger six-album project called the In Between Project.

The song has a soothing, folky sound with familiar, bright instrumentation. Muller’s vocals are joined by Chris Quinn on banjo,  Drew Jurecka on violin, Dave MacDougall on drums and cajon, Ross MacIntyre on  upright bass and Scott Metcalfe, the co-writer of the song, plays piano.

Muller says Jurecka improvised the violin melody enough to be given his own writing credit on the song as well. “I just can’t imagine playing this song without it now,” Muller said.

Muller credits her friends and colleagues with helping her musical vision come to life, a list that includes Julian Decorte and Jeremny Darby at Canterbury Music Company who helped engineer the song.

“My friend Juliann Kuchocki is the one who sort of shook me and said, ‘If not now, when? You need to do this!’” said Muller. “I have suffered from crippling stage fright for many years, and she made me get onto that stage at South Coast Jazz last year. And you know what? It all came back to me: who I really am. This year, I couldn’t wait to get back on stage! Anything is possible, if you believe in yourself. You are never too old to realize your dreams.”

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