Singer/songwriter Valerie June takes the basis of an all encompassing love and distills its purity and lucidity into her newest single, ”Use Me.” Knowing that love is sometimes as uncomplicated as a melody stuck in your head or a flutter in your stomach when that special person is around, Valerie June keeps her lyrics simple and straightforward, strung together in a clever but honest way (not unlike John Prine or Rosanne Cash) so that there’s no need for grand metaphors, just an elementary feeling shared between two souls.
While the lyrics are uncomplicated, the sound of ”Use Me” is intricately sewn together like a quilt made of many fabrics. Connecting classic country, folk and soul to more modern pop and indie, the single weaves in essential, community-building music and filled with simple guitar, lush, warm brass, horns and a smooth baritone sax. Lifting from the many generations of influence as an American musician, June adds her own experience and expression to rekindle the circle of love, trust and resolve.
“As a bridge between modern music and traditional songs, “Use Me” vacillates between upbeat pop and weaves in the old, familiar hymn, ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” June notes. “Coming full circle, this represents multiple layers of how through love, families, and communities, whether publicly or personally, in life and beyond death, we can use each other to create gorgeously positive changes. Oftentimes, the voices of encouragement are from the women in our lives. We use the guidance of mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters. I’m thrilled to release this song in celebration of International Women’s Month because it was my very first time working with a female producer, Jennifer Decilveo. Female producers are not easy to come by in the music industry, so this collaboration was extra special.”
The warmth and brevity felt throughout “Use Me” denotes a harmonious dichotomy between the fragility of our existence and the eternal renewal of love through the human spirit. While our physical presence has an end date, the actions we share between generations keeps turning.
Following the release of her acclaimed album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers — “Use Me” continues June’s unbridled exploration into the music that moves us and connects people together.
Valerie June will be on tour this spring with several stops along the California coast including a performance at The Fonda in Hollywood on April 8 and at the Belly Up Tavern, April 9 in Solana Beach.
Words: Patti Sanchez