We first introduced you to Liz Bissonette back in January of 2017. She had just released two brand new songs, “Unlovable” and “Two Faces,” and was gearing up for a potential album release. Although an album isn’t coming just yet, Liz is now ready to share the last year and a half of her life with her listeners. “I wrote most of this stuff this time last year,” Liz explains, “and the reason I’ve waited so long to release it all is because I think I just needed to experience life and let myself have a break.” Today, with the release of “A Shot in the Dark,” we get a sneak peek of what’s to come. “I’ve been through a lot of crap this last year. I think I’m finally in a good headspace to start putting it all out,” Liz continues, explaining the reason behind the gap. “You’ll hear more about the ups and downs of this last year in the new music.”
Although most of her music comes from personal experience, Liz describes her more recent work to be “more personal.” She’s “gotten a lot better at writing about life,” meaning her concept of songwriting has expanded beyond just boys and heartbreak. For Liz, “A Shot in the Dark” is the perfect representation of the level of her current musical composition– it’s a transition song, to say the least. It describes Liz’s frustration with her feelings for someone whom she can’t be with, and the hope for the slightest chance for it to work. Her songwriting has grown and evolved with her over the last year and that is evident in this particular track. Liz paints a picture through her lyrics and uses expressive language that gives depth we’ve never seen from her before. She’s always written from the heart, but this time, rather than tell her listeners exactly what happened, she makes them feel it.
“We could be in a sea of people but I’d still see no one else around, your brown eyes are deeper than the blue, and at this point, I think I might drown.”
Liz has an innate way of not only understanding how to put her own feelings into words, but how to connect with her audience. For Liz, songwriting is a natural coping mechanism, and by transforming her emotions into lyrics, they begin to play over and over in your head, even after the song ends. In essence, her songwriting transcends herself. She takes a universal emotion, like having a crush that will only ever be a crush, and turns it into a passionate melody that not only brings her comfort, but does the same for those listening. Liz sings, “You’ve made your way out of the deep blue and built your home under my skin,” articulating just how enamoured you can become with someone that it feels as if he or she becomes a part of you. Of course, this is only one of the many ways her music captivates her audience into an enchantment of rhythm and harmony.
Last time we spoke with Liz, she shared her songwriting process with our readers. When we asked how “A Shot in the Dark” came about, she says the first line of the song is where it began. “I was home alone in the kitchen, making pasta, feeling really frustrated with my feelings, and I wrote the first line down in my notebook,” Liz recalls. “Then, the rest of the first verse just came out after.” That same night she recorded a voice memo with a chorus idea.
Taking time to focus on herself has given Liz the space she needs to dive head first into her art. Liz hopes, once they hear “A Shot in the Dark,” that her listeners will know that she understands how “feelings suck,” but everyone has to deal with them, and at the end of the day, “we’re in this together.” This is the first of a few songs Liz plans to release in the coming months, and you won’t want to miss what’s next!