Artist: Haroula Rose
Hometown: Chicago, now LA
Song: “Time’s Fool”
Album: Catch the Light
Release Date: June 2022
Label: Little Bliss/Tonetree
In Their Words: “It feels like so much about love has also to do with timing, not only in the external world but in our internal worlds, our own emotional maps so to speak. Sometimes we are open to things more fully, and other times we are not, but wish we could be or could have been. So this song is, in a sense, a plea for someone to be patient with one’s heart, having the knowledge that you might not be ready but want to be and could be, that becoming more intimate with someone is scary but beautiful sometimes and so requires some extra time or care.
“I wrote this song in the UK with Geoff Martyn during a songwriting residency in Sussex. It was quiet which is fitting since it is inspired by the Shakespeare Sonnet 116 that is perhaps most familiar to people from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, which is one of my absolute favorite films:
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
“Molly Parden is singing the harmonies and callbacks. I love Molly’s voice so much. Trying some more close and dissonant harmonies felt really cool and organic. You can also hear me fingerpicking on the guitar, Omar Velasco on the second/higher guitar part, and the inimitable Greg Leisz on the pedal steel. I was so excited to have this group of musicians on this track.” — Haroula Rose
Photo Credit: Logan Fahey