- Vanessa Siebrass
Interview: "Count the Ways" - Adeline V. Lopez
"Count the Ways" is such a cute song, and to me, it reminds me that love isn’t just a noun, it’s also a verb - it requires action. There are countless ways to express love without voicing the word itself. Please share the story and inspiration behind this song.
Adeline: I was having trouble figuring out how I felt about someone. The best way I could describe how I felt was by listing all of the moments I had with this person where I really felt at home. I also absolutely love poetry, and I knew I wanted to write a song inspired by Elizabeth Barret Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?". When I started to merge those two ideas, I realized those moments were how I loved this person. I couldn't tell them how I felt, but those shared experiences were words enough.
I saw on your Insta that "Count the Ways" may be one of the favorite songs you’ve written. Why does this song stand out and what makes it so special to you?
Adeline: I always try to write from a very real place. But with "Count the Ways", the process of writing the song helped me figure out what my own emotions towards this person were, and I think you can hear the confusion, love, and longing all wrapped up together in the lyrics.
How would you describe your songwriting process? What practices or rituals do you have to help get the creativity flowing?
Adeline: I write my songs about experiences in my life that have stood out to me or really impacted me in some way. I think that raw, unfiltered emotion is what makes a song really beautiful. So, in order to tap into that, I try to be as real with myself as possible. Usually, I end up writing at night in my room, when I'm the most unfiltered version of myself. I keep a journal on me at all times during the day so I can write down lyrics or ideas that come to me. Then, at night, I take out my guitar and look over the ideas in my notebook. Then, I'll just play around for a bit and see what sticks.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
Adeline: Growing up, I listened to a lot of my parent's music, and I think that those voices were the first that shaped me as a musician. Billy Joel, Tracy Chapman, and The Dire Straits are some of my favorites. On the more contemporary side; Sabrina Carpenter, Gracie Abrams, Tate Mcrae, and Lana Del Rey are all beautiful songwriters that I have had on repeat lately.
What is an instrument that you’d like to learn, and why?
Adeline: This past summer I've been working to get better at guitar, so I'd like to master that first before I start something new... but learning how to play the drums would be pretty sick (mostly because I think drummers are the coolest people on the planet).
I see on your website that you describe yourself as both a singer and an actor. What is coming next for you?
Adeline: I've been acting for as long as I can remember. Right now, I've been enjoying focusing on my music, but I do still love drama and have some really cool auditions coming up that I'm super excited for. But, music is my top priority right now, and I'm so excited to announce some new music soon....
Interviewed By Vanessa Siebrass