“I held the world then put it back”: Hayley Reardon Bares Her Soul on the Achingly Vulnerable “Enough Is Everything”

Hayley Reardon "Enough Is Everything" still © Blake Z. Larson
Hayley Reardon "Enough Is Everything" still © Blake Z. Larson
Featuring picturesque blue skies and bucolic green-yellow fields, Hayley Reardon’s “Enough is Everything” music video is a beautifully soul-stirring experience of serenity and self-reflection, stillness and tranquility.
Stream: “Enough Is Everything” – Hayley Reardon




Writing “Enough is Everything” at that moment felt like a quiet returning to a still place within me.

Stillness and tranquility are hard to come by these days, and that’s exactly what makes Hayley Reardon’s new music video so special. From picturesque blue skies and bucolic green-yellow fields to a wooden greenhouse that looks at once sturdy, yet ever so fragile, “Enough is Everything” is a beautifully soul-stirring experience: One of serenity and self-reflection, warmth, and wonder, understanding and self-knowing.

Changes EP - Hayley Reardon
Changes EP – Hayley Reardon
The bravest woman that I know
Doesn’t hold a job answer the phone
From a one bedroom beside the sea
Enough is somehow everything
The truest place I’ve ever been
Is a tiny room inside my chest
Most of the time the doors are locked
But when I make it there I don’t get lost

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the Blake Z. Larson-directed music video for “Enough is Everything,” the final track off Hayley Reardon’s recently-released six-track EP, Changes (July 20, 2023 via Tone Tree Music). Continuing in the footsteps of Reardon’s 2022 EP In the Good Light, Changes (in her own words) “explores and celebrates” a time of rapid growth for the Massachusetts-based folk-pop singer/songwriter. It’s a deeply intimate record – one filled with weight and wisdom – recorded and produced (just like its predecessor) with renowned Spanish guitarist Pau Figueres in Barcelona.

Hayley Reardon "Enough Is Everything" still © Blake Z. Larson
Hayley Reardon “Enough Is Everything” still © Blake Z. Larson



Hayley Reardon "Enough Is Everything" still © Blake Z. Larson
Hayley Reardon “Enough Is Everything” still © Blake Z. Larson

“Enough is Everything” is the last track on the EP, and it dutifully plays the part – offering a send-off of sorts as Reardon brings her own visceral reckoning to life, finding her emotional and spiritual way home through a moment of inner turbulence and turmoil. “The truest place I’ve ever been is a tiny room inside my chest,” she sings. “Most of the time the doors are locked, but when I make it there I don’t get lost.” Her poetry is personal, poignant, and powerful.

So I held the world then put it back
What was I to do with all of that
‘Cause she’s split in two and burning red
With a thinking heart, a feeling head

“I wrote “Enough is Everything” on a borrowed guitar in a subleased room in Berlin,” Reardon tells Atwood Magazine. “I had been living in Europe for going on 8 months at that point, and traveling / touring abroad on and off for a few years before. I had gathered and gathered and gathered and hardly taken the time to process it all… the experiences, relationships, new versions of myself, new joy and new pain.”

“Writing “Enough is Everything” at that moment felt like a quiet returning to a still place within me. Often the songs come bearing personal truths that haven’t otherwise consciously dawned on me yet… they are like little premonitions. In this case, “Enough is Everything” was the messenger that revealed to me that it was time to go home to America. Within a few weeks I was in Barcelona recording it, then on my way back to Massachusetts.”

If what I meant to say gets lost
Let that be the aim and not the cost
‘Cause I’ve been flipping coins since I was young
Thinking every choice was so hard won

“While in the studio, Pau Figueres (producer), Aniol Bestit (engineer) and I explored producing this track out further, but ultimately decided the song didn’t want much more than its original, folky stripped-down elements. Pau played delicate sprinkles of electric, Spanish guitar, bass and light percussion against my live guitar/ vocal take. All in all, it is a song about embracing simplicity, and turning inward for guidance.”

Hayley Reardon "Enough Is Everything" still © Blake Z. Larson
Hayley Reardon “Enough Is Everything” still © Blake Z. Larson



Hayley Reardon "Enough Is Everything" still © Blake Z. Larson
Hayley Reardon “Enough Is Everything” still © Blake Z. Larson
So I held the world then put it back
What was I to do with all of that
‘Cause she’s split in two and burning red
With a thinking heart
A feeling head
You can only dance the line so long
Before the line itself becomes a song
And evaporated into the air
As if you were never really there
Oh, oh

Despite the ache from whence it was born, “Enough Is Everything” is a soothing song bringing a soft sunlight and a gentle touch to our ears, our hearts, and our souls. Out of her own innermost reflections, Reardon creates a space where we can connect more deeply with ourselves – and what could possibly be more beautiful, or more profound, than that?

Listen to Hayley Reardon’s Changes EP in its entirety wherever you get your music, and stream her “Enough Is Everything” video exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

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