Behind the Song

Kara Connolly


"How can you 'stop and smell the roses' if you don't even notice them? I went on a 3 day plant medicine ceremony (ayahuasca-one of the world's most powerful psychedelics) in search of understanding and healing. We had to walk several miles through brush and cactuses to find what would eventually become our ceremony grounds. Psychedelics put me in touch with my heart and ground me with the earth, so on the walk back I realized I hadn't even noticed my surroundings on the way up whatsoever, such as the striking color of the flowers. I was so in my head...I spend a lot of my time there. There's a line in the song that says 'they tell me slow down before you break down, I'm almost there now' which really has two meanings...I'm almost to my destination…I can see it…so I feel like I have to keep going, but I've also nearly broken down at several stops along the way. The truth is that as an "adult," I miss that new dress, summer love, feet in the dirt, rainfall on the pavement, hands over a fire kind of feeling. I wanted to capture that sort of freedom that can feel elusive to me and remind myself that life isn't always about getting ahead and constant progress, even though I am naturally very ambitious. "Roses" is all about slowing down, savoring the moment, counting our blessings and recognizing the little things in life that matter the most, amidst a world full of dangerous ambition and 'trying to be somebody.' I hope this song can be a reminder of all the beauty in your life and help you to notice the 'roses' around you like it has for me." - Love, Kara

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