Premiere: Moving on Gracefully with Marinho’s Debut “Ghost Notes”

Marinho’s poignant “Ghost Notes” is more than a falling out of love song; it’s a reflection on transformation and change; of one chapter closing and another one beginning.

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All parts of me wanting to love you have fallen asleep… and now dreams are the only place where my feelings survive.

Falling out of love isn’t exclusive to romantic relationships; it applies to everything in life, from the places we live to the items we carry with us. Our preferences change as we age; we grow out of things we used to hold dear, essentially becoming new and different people in the process. Marinho’s poignant “Ghost Notes” is more than a falling out of love song; it’s a reflection on transformation and change; of one chapter closing and another one beginning; of standing on the end of something new, and kissing your past a bittersweet goodbye because it’s time to move on.

Ghost Notes - Marinho

Ghost Notes – Marinho

like the ghost notes I could hear
in your whispers and sighs
the things you didn’t say
the notes you didn’t sing
and I was left with all the songs
that I wanted to play

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Ghost Notes,” the debut single by Portuguese singer/songwriter Filipa Marinho (better known just by her last name, Marinho). Mindfully released on International Women’s Day, “Ghost Notes” finds a young singer/songwriter easing into her skin while overcoming insecurities and uncertainties – the specters of a not-so-distant past.

Singing to a former love, Marinho pens a beautifully poetic web of intimate upheaval:

all parts of me wanting to love you
have fallen asleep
fallen asleep
all parts of me wanting to love you
have fallen asleep
I’ve fallen asleep
and now dreams are the only place
where my feelings survive
Marinho © Marta Olive

Marinho © Marta Olive

“The writing of this song and album coincided with my growing feminist side as I felt inspired by a lot of women that pick up their guitars to do the same,” Marinho tells Atwood Magazine. “Representation is very important to me and played a key role in my willingness to make music, so releasing ‘Ghost Notes’ on Women’s Day just resulted in a cosmic coincidence that really made sense to me.”

oh you were such a cliche
like a jazz version of a hit song
and it used to keep me up all night
all summer long

Anticipation and connection, courage and self-doubt; a smorgasbord of emotion runs wild throughout “Ghost Notes.” One can hear it in the tension of Marinho’s voice – and alternatively, in the moments when she lets go. As her debut single, “Ghost Notes” does more than just paint a somber lullaybe; it introduces the artist on her terms, providing her a microphone to finally begin to share her story.

That story begins today with a haunting farewell. “Ghost Notes” captures the weight of the past before Marinho shakes it off as she faces her future.

Marinho © Marta Olive

Marinho © Marta Olive

Directed by Leonor Bettencourt Loureiro, the “Ghost Notes” videos offers an up-close and personal introduction to the artist as we experience her music for the very first time. Marinho is depicted alone in her journey throughout a colorful city, finding comfort in her solitude and basking in the tranquility of that company.

Rather than eerie or chilling (as its name suggests), “Ghost Notes” offers a soothing opportunity for us to get lost in ourselves. Graceful in her introspection and colorful in her candor, Marinho debuts with stirring confidence and humble charm. “Ghost Notes” is out now on Street Mission Records.

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Stream: “Ghost Notes” – Marinho

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com