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While Carissa Johnson is out here giving us quite literally “Something Good,” the Boston rock savant was working on the new single with her band The Cure-Alls when she was quickly approaching uncertainty in her own life.
Following the release of 2018’s Talk Talk Talk, the group worked on the new song from three different parts of the country while Johnson was tumbling through a particularly difficult era of her life. Born today (February 22), “Something Good” was essentially willed into existence.
“The song was written when I was at a point of not knowing where to go or what to do next,” Johnson tells Vanyaland. “I was feeling a bit isolated and misunderstood. I didn’t feel like my words or my actions were getting through to some people close to me and I was trying to talk to myself to stay positive, stay on my path, and keep looking up and moving forward even if I have no idea where I am or what tomorrow’s gonna bring, or if anybody else is going to understand. It’s about being appreciative for what I have and taking a step back to look at things from a new perspective.”
The purpose, Johnson says, was to have something to show for all her strife, but she got one better: A nugget of hope disguised as a garage rock ripper.
“I usually write songs to make a hard situation I’m going through worthwhile in the end — so I can get through the hard times knowing that something good has come from it,” she explains.