Kele Fleming looks for hope amid loss and grief in her new single and live video Where The Rivers Meet — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The sixth single from the Victoria singer-songwriter’s fourth solo album The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life, Where The Rivers Meet reflects the layers of grief and loss that thread their way through the disc. It was written while the nature-loving artist was spending time in the lush Kootenays region of B.C. in 2019. “I was in one of my favourite places on Earth, and surrounded by towering mountains, breathless forests, cool lakes and rushing rivers. The song captures my love of the natural world. And it’s a love song (about) wanting so badly to get another chance and to do right with the one you love.”
Whether it’s our relationships to each other, or the Earth, both are currently in peril for their own reasons. Watching the massive fires that have occurred over multiple summers in Canada, the U.S. and Australia and how they’ve had devastating, multi-level impact on nature, animals and humans spurred Fleming on to underline the fragile connection between these worlds in song.
“Our energy and spirits are impacted by the marginalization and destruction of nature,” states Fleming. “Everything is connected and we have experienced a loss of connection. The beauty we experience in the natural world is also reflected in us. I feel it’s important to know more about these unique and key ecosystems.”
Where The Rivers Meet also signifies the meeting of two creative and connected artists. Singer-songwriter Aaron Trory, bass player in Fleming’s band, duets with her on the track. “When I wrote the song, I knew Aaron’s voice was perfect for the duet and that he would bring a wonderful combination of grit and vulnerability to it,” she says, adding, “Aaron always says that when we sing this song together, he’s reminded of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Pretty esteemed company!”