[Cover photo credit to Brandon Aguilar]
Songwriter and musician Jaimee Harris has announced her sophomore album, out February 17th, 2022, via Thirty Tigers, titled Boomerang Town, and also revealed first single “Missing Someone.” The new album compiles a “song-cycle that explores the generational arc of family, the stranglehold of addiction, and the fragile ties that bind us together as Americans” while the new single delves into a long-distance relationship.
Harris started writing “Missing Someone” as a love song to her long-distance partner, the Folk songwriter, Mary Gauthier, as they exchanged songs during times apart.
Instead of sending each other postcards or letters, we wrote each other love songs and sent voice memos to each other. This song came out of that burst of inspiration early on in our relationship. But the pandemic has certainly deepened the meaning of this song, as well as the experience I had playing it for the women currently incarcerated in the Gatesville prison located twenty minutes outside of my hometown.
The song’s accompanying video is part of a series of music videos for the entire Boomerang Town album, all made by fellow musicians. The “Missing Someone” video was directed by Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt and features a lively cast of characters, including the aforementioned Gauthier as an aerobic instructor and Harris sporting red, heart-shaped shades to fit the mood.