Brendan Lane’s heartfelt guitar ballad “Oh Child” and QuickFire Questions

"I've hit many plateaus where it seems it's been too easy and stretches where it seems like the weight of all that is expected of me is gonna crush me."
18 May 2022

By Vanessa B

Raw, understated, and down-to-earth storytelling abounds on Brendan Lane‘s indie-folk single “Oh Child“.

The acoustic number movingly depicts a classic working-class folk tale of two lovers destined for a life beyond the limits of small-town America, making the vow to overcome these societal constraints and make their way to a better life. “Oh Child” is the 9th studio single from this soulful indie artist. It’s been developed and refined over half a decade, conceived from a small Washington DC apartment, and distilled over the course of many live renditions.

The song takes cues from real life – with Lane growing up on the outskirts of two major U.S. cities, often finding himself sitting on the sides of roadways, watching cars pass by and wondering when it would be his turn to explore the world.

Lane muses:

“The song is very much about leaving a place… and how two souls grew tired of dreaming about change, so they choose to take matters into their own hands and lean into their wanderlust.”

Make sure to listen to “Oh Child” and read our QuickFire interview with Brendan below.

What has your musical journey been like so far?

It’s been a steady uphill climb, I have hit many plateaus where it seems it’s been too easy and I’ve had many stretches where It seems like the weight of all that is expected of me is gonna crush me. But I love playing music and I love using It to connect with others, as long as I remember that, continuing to climb is worth it.

What is your most valued material possession?

My acoustic washburn guitar I bought when I was fifteen. It’s taken me around the world and back again, we’ve shared many highs and many lows together.

If you could blink and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

New Orleans, Louisiana. No doubt in my mind.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

“Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance, or “Let It Be” I mean come on. they’re masterpieces.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Nothing too crazy, when something hits me or I feel a song coming on, I do my best to stay outta the way.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

It’s definitely when I’m performing and I witness two strangers become friends over the course of a song or even the entire show. That’s why I do what I do, when two strangers can connect through the power of music, It is a beautiful moment.

What are your ultimate career goals overall?

I want a gold record (500,000 sales), Win a Grammy, Sell out Merriweather Post Pavilion (My hometown amphitheater in Columbia, MD capacity 19,000). Like I said It’s a steady climb.

Photo credits: Leah Beach(Photos); Bruno Takii (Cover Art)