Jeremy Parsons - 'Burn This House Down'
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of the Lone Star state's dance-hall music. Today, he tours stateside and internationally captivating audiences with his homegrown music, genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his art.
Jeremy's song "Burn This House Down" was selected for BWH Music Group's compilation project 'THAT SUMMER by Various Artists' 10 QUESTIONS asked Jeremy about his song, the summer and much more!
What is "Burn This House Down" about and how do you think it fits into a project about the summer?
The song is about moving on and starting over fresh after suffering a heartbreaking loss. In this situation, it was the loss of a romantic nature. I believe it fits into this compilation because heartbreak is not seasonal, it happens to us all and it's always relevant. Also, summer gets pretty toasty and nothing says hot like a burning house.
I love that. So true! Can you tell us a bit about how you wrote the song?
I wrote, "Burn This House Down" during my parents divorce after 48 years of marriage. I went home for the first time after they split and walked into the place I had lived and spent most of my life and it didn't really feel like home anymore. I was having trouble dealing with that and came up with the concept of burning everything that was a painful memory. In this situation that meant the entire house. It really helped me cope with everything that was going on. I'm grateful for the song and the musical therapy it provided me.
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Looking back, what was the best summer of your life and why?!
The best summer I can recall was the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of High School. My family and I loaded up and went on a road trip to Wyoming. I remember it being an absolute mess and exhausting but I can remember being happy that we were all together and it still stands out so vividly in my mind.
So many people feel like their best summers were with friends and family. That sounds great.
There are so many amazing artists on the compilation CD! Can you talk about a time in your career where you have collaborated with other artists and describe that experience for us?
I love collaboration. I feel like you always learn something from it. One of my favorite collaborations was with a rapper out of Detroit named Redd. He was working on some stuff in Nashville around the time I was and we crossed paths in the studio and started hanging out. We eventually ended up being in the studio one night together and started working on a song. It was really great and fun. I'm not a rapper by any means but he let me sing the chorus on the song. I love all kinds of music and all kinds of people it's always fun to step out of your comfort zone. I feel it really helps you grow as an artist.
That's amazing. The album will have rap and Americana and everything else in between. Why not!
'The compilation, "THAT SUMMER by Various Artists', is all about songs that have something positive or remind us of Summer in some way. With that in mind, can you tell us how making music has had a positive impact on your life?
Making music is the thing that keeps me alive. I always make the joke I wouldn't still be here if it weren't for music. It's a joke, but its true. Music has helped me figure myself out on a deeper level and connect with other people the same. It takes me awesome places and pays my bills. Music is my life.
Where do you live or work? What is the music scene like there? Is there anything special that goes on in June, July or August in your neck of the woods?!
I live and work in Nashville, TN. The music scene here is always hopping. Country music is more prominent but I would say in the last 5-10 years we've really opened up the doors to all genres. The summer months down here are absolutely crazy and too much fun. We have a lot of festivals in surrounding areas and CMA Fest every year in Downtown Nashville.
Describe your favorite vacation! Do you ever take a vacation or a break from writing, playing or performing music?
I don't take as many breaks as I should if I'm being honest. I love what I do very much. If I'm going to leave for just a short while though I like to go down to my Dad's childhood home in Somerville, TN. It's about 2 1/2 hours outside of Nashville, very secluded, and the perfect little escape for me sometimes.
Looking beyond the Summer, what is on your radar for 2018-2019?
I'm releasing a new single very soon, always writing new music, and getting the band together so we can start doing more shows out and about. I want to get out there and play and meet as many people as I possibly can.
Tell us where fans can access your music.