Dunmore singer/songwriter Meghan Kylie releases debut EP ‘Stop. Think.’
Somewhere in the Vestal, N.Y. home of 23-year-old Meghan Kylie’s parents are videos of her younger self singing lyrics off the top of her head. That improvisational spirit came through during piano lessons with a teacher Kylie described as “flexible,” so much so that her mother removed her for “not learning anything” and “entertaining the teacher” with her improv playing style. When lessons ended, Kylie began teaching herself how to sing while playing — lessons or not, music had become something she couldn’t shake.
“It’s just always been my way of venting,” Kylie said. “It’s always been my way of expressing myself. This is my passion, this is what I want to do.”
In December, Kylie will graduate from Marywood University with a liberal arts degree. The New York native currently resides in Dunmore, where she has started writing down her improvisational musings and fine-tuning them into fully-realized songs. It’s new territory for someone who has written song snippets for years, and it has resulted in Kylie’s debut EP, “Stop. Think.”
The release starts with the title track, which acts as Kylie’s way of “reaching out and trying to get people to think before they react emotionally.” The next track, “Cold Dark World,” which the singer/songwriter admits is a “really hard phrase to sing.”
“I was feeling a little lost for awhile and I wrote that as a way of saying, ‘I can handle this and it’s OK to be scared for the future,’” Kylie said. “At the end the line is ‘I forgive myself for being afraid,’ and it’s just kind of empowering for me. Its just very personal and I feel like it just has a lot of hope in it.”
The last song, “You Don’t Impress Me,” reflects on someone Kylie put on a pedestal — and how they kicked themselves off.
“That’s one of the first songs that really stuck with me,” Kylie said. “That was about a romance. Someone who really used to impress me and I used to be like, ‘Wow, hey’re so amazing and everything,’ and then they really hurt me and I was like, ‘You know what? You don’t have power over me, you don’t impress me anymore.’”
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