Songs for People
Songs for People
It was late summer when they met to make a plan. Friendship had always come easy back in college, but lives were changing now—shattering, in some cases. Some of them were emerging fresh from the university, daunted by the jarring arrival of the real world. Others plummeted headlong into graduate programs. And some had simply gone adrift, clinging to sanity like a life preserver with no one on the other end of the line. Maybe that’s why they were meeting: they were looking for companions. Someone to hold the other end.
So thirteen friends started looking for home in a place that felt very little like it. Summer turned to fall, and fall to winter, and despite the odds, they continued meeting every week for months, and then years. Four years, to be exact—enough time to witness promotions, graduations, celebrations, marriages, divorces, depressions, deaths. Joy. Pain. They walked through it all together.
But after a while, it became clear that something was missing. They knew each others’ present struggles, yes, but if history could inform the present, they realized that they needed to know each others’ histories as well. With this in mind, they decided to take turns telling their stories to each other one by one, week by week.
What they didn’t know was this: someone in the group was taking notes.
Early 2017, Courier (pseudonym for Nashville singer-songwriter Blake Mundell) released his 13-song LP The Present Tense. In the single-driven world of pop music, Courier dares to return to the concept record with a unique perspective: by writing songs about the lives of his 13 closest friends. With influences ranging from Mat Kearney to Paul Simon to Bieber (yes, that Bieber), Courier gives listeners a glimpse into his community, and indirectly, into his own life, with a collection of songs that is as eclectic as the group of friends it's fashioned after.
A graduate of the Belmont Songwriting program, Blake studied under the tutelage of seasoned writers like Tom Douglas, James Elliot, and Thom Schuyler. He brings his experience as a thoughtful songwriter into the pop world in a way that moves head, heart, and feet.