Daily Discovery: Merry Ellen Kirk, “Lovers & Liars”


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ARTIST: Merry Ellen Kirk

SONG: “Lovers & Liars

HOMETOWN: Nashville, Tennessee

CURRENT LOCATION: Columbia, Missouri

AMBITIONS: Writing great songs & being a Disney princess.

TURN-OFFS: Closed minds.

TURN-ONS: Open hearts

DREAM GIG: Every time I play a house concert, it feels like a dream gig; I love meeting everyone in the audience & connecting with people through the language of music. It would be amazing to play at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville someday too.

FAVORITE LYRIC: It’s constantly changing, but Courtney Barnett’s “Kim’s Caravan” has some of the best lyrics I’ve heard in a while: “We either think that we’re invincible or that we are invisible, when realistically we’re somewhere in between / We all think that we’re nobody but everybody is somebody else’s somebody”

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: I know this guy named Diggy Splash who does rap battles & also works out “with” Shia LeBeuf & Kimbo Slice on local access television.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan.

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: My husband, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Ingrid Michaelson, and Imogen Heap.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Paul. I was in Nashville working on the new record and got a text from my dad that said “Paul McCartney is in town tomorrow night. This will probably be the last time he tours since he is 72.” I got out my notebook and took songwriting notes during the show.

I WROTE THIS SONG: Because I went to a songwriting conference & a friend who works on this tv show mentioned she needed songs for the ends of the episodes when characters get killed off. That got me thinking about why murder happens; more often than not it seems to be about love, jealousy, betrayal….what would drive a person to that place?


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