The Story Behind “Keep Movin”
Keep Movin’ is probably one of my favorite tracks on the album because it makes me feel good in various ways. I know that’s weird to say as someone who wrote it/doesn’t actively listen to her own music regularly, but it does. It makes me feel good. I’m smiling just thinking about it.
My family had just moved to South Carolina in 2010, and I was excited about the new chapter in our lives. Like any move, it’s hard to leave the people and places that you love, particularly if you have been there for 22 years. Unlike my family members, I was going somewhere familiar where my friends from college lived. While it was hard to say “goodbye” to my life in New Jersey, it was really easy to say “hello” to South Carolina at the same time.
“Well I just arrived, won’t you welcome me and have me stay a while? I need a change of scenery and I’m liking this style.”
First, let me just say that the first few months of moving were tough, and not entirely as “easy” as I just made it seem. We lived in a 3 bedroom apartment (4 people and 3 cats!) for 6 months before we could move into our house, and it was a combination of depressing, cramped, and hilarious, all at the same time.
While at times it was very lonely, I somehow managed to continue see the light at the end of the tunnel, and retained that initial excitement for the new life chapter I had when we were first moving.
I played my guitar a lot in those 6 months, as I had quite a bit of free time. I took a graduate class one night a week, and taught 5-6 lessons during the week in the afternoons. Other than that, I was usually home in the apartment, as my friends all had full time jobs. Looking back on it, that apartment was a great host for creativity.
I’m fairly sure I came up with the guitar riff first, and loved that it was jazzy and that there was no way possible for it to invite sad or depressing lyrics to live inside. Jazzy does not equal sadness in my book!
As I started writing, I just began reflecting on how sometimes we all need to make these kinds of scary moves, or make big changes. Not necessarily moving to another state, but maybe a career move, or migrate to a new group of friends, or start a new relationship, etc. And so became the line in the pre-chorus,
“How can you call life a journey if you go nowhere? How will you ever know if you’re where you’re supposed to be?”
The answer? You won’t, unless you keep moving.
The song is really just some friendly advice for anyone who is coasting through life, and settling for where they are, particularly if it’s not where they want to be.
It’s a personal testimony. It’s reassurance that life turns out OK, if not better.
It basically says, “If I can do it, you can too.”
“How can I trace your steps if both feet are on the ground?”
You just never know who will be inspired by the way you live your life. (Click to tweet that if you want!)
So there you have it!
That’s my story! I would love to hear any of your “keep moving” stories. I would also love if you shared the song and this post with anyone you know going through something similar! Feel free to leave comments below, or on my FaceBook page.