Hiss Golden Messenger just announced the forthcoming release of new studio album Quietly Blowing It, out June 25 via Merge Records. Written, arranged, and produced by bandleader/songwriter M.C. Taylor, Quietly Blowing It is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2019’s Terms of Surrender, which has been nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY® Award for Best Americana Album. The KidEthnic-directed clip was shot in Oxford, NC, and features actor, playwright, and activist Mike Wiley in the lead.
“‘If It Comes in the Morning” was a song that was written in the spring and early summer of 2020. The country was on fire, and I kept thinking to myself, ‘What comes next?’” says Taylor. “Initially, I didn’t know how much hope to include in the song—I wasn’t feeling particularly hopeful myself in that moment—but I felt that it was important to remember that whatever happened, most of us were going to be fortunate enough to be given another day in which to enact what I feel are the most important and fundamental parts of being alive: joy, love, peace, the willingness to keep moving forward whether the cards fall in our favor or not. And in remembering, at least, that these feelings exist, I suppose it became a song of hope. The Staple Singers and Curtis Mayfield were very good at writing these kinds of songs, and I suppose I was looking to their music as inspiration for ‘If It Comes in the Morning.’ When I got stumped on a verse, I called my friend Anaïs Mitchell, and she got me straightened out. I’m very thankful for her help.
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