In contrast, “Gone” came after a confrontation in the studio with her father, and she wrote it while burning off her anger on the treadmill – which explains its stomp-stomp-stomp undercurrent. “There was a defiance there that I absolutely did not act on for another year, but it was a song that I needed,” she says. “It was something I was only admitting to myself. We almost recorded it as a family and I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to do this as a family.’ I think some part of me knew: ‘No, that’s yours, and you’ll do it some other time in some other life.’ In a sense, when I sing that song now, I realize I am fulfilling that prophecy. It was a promise I made to myself, and I kept that promise.”
One of the album’s most tender moments is “You Move Me,” a poignant love song written by Gordon Kennedy and Pierce Pettis which conveys the fresh start her marriage represents. Another is “October First,” the closing track inspired by a journal entry which also reflects her love of changing seasons. With Brand New Day, Jessica Willis Fisher is embarking on a new season in her own life.
“Music has been one of the things that’s helped me survive,” she says. “It is a therapy for me and yet it betrayed me and broke me down at some point. So, coming back, it’s been full circle. I would say the last five or six years have been, step-by-step, about reacquainting myself and getting a whole new lease on my creative life. For me, music is about getting to know myself better. It’s really, really important to me. I feel lucky to be coming back to it.”