Premiere: Lily Kershaw Glows with Reflective “Moonlight”

Lily Kershaw © Diana Mantis
Lily Kershaw © Diana Mantis
Lily Kershaw’s enchantingly bittersweet “Moonlight” embraces ill-fated romance, memorializing love and connection for what they were in the moment.
For Fans of: Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding

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You used to love to take me home…

Life is a series of moments, each one its own physical and emotional experience. One day we’re meeting someone; the next, we’ve fallen in love. Later on we might fall out of love, but those shared experiences from our past remain, lingering somewhere in our distant memory. Lily Kershaw’s enchantingly bittersweet “Moonlight” embraces ill-fated romance, memorializing love for what it was in the moment.

I came to Paris to party
Didn’t wanna hurt anybody
Like when you took me to leave me
And pretend you didn’t need me
Oh I am a mess I’m just trying to learn my lessons
Oh I’m just tripping on things that I’m missing
Listen: “Moonlight” – Lily Kershaw


Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Moonlight,” the new single from Lily Kershaw’s upcoming EP Lost Angeles (out June 1, 2018 via Nettwerk Music Group). Hailing from and still based in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw introduced herself with 2013’s debut album Midnight in the Garden and has continued to dazzle ever since. Weaving her sprightly energy into deeply emotive music, Kershaw “offers an antidote to the long-mythologized Los Angeles glitz,” per her PR – and truly, her songs say that for her.

Lost Angeles - Lily Kershaw
Lost Angeles – Lily Kershaw

“Moonlight” is no exception: A vivid orchestral pop ballad, the song highlights long-gone love – not, however, through rose-colored glasses. Rather, Kershaw keeps a level head while tapping into her nostalgic side, offering a poignant encapsulation of a connection that brought meaning and depth to her life, in those particular moments of its brief, but powerful existence.

Lying in the moonlight
Everything it felt so right
You use to love to take me home
We were lying in the moonlight
Everything it felt so right
You use to love to take me home

“I wrote ‘Moonlight’ when I was reminiscing about a specific relationship,” Lily Kershaw tells Atwood Magazine. “I found that in writing this song about it, I was surrendering attachment to the outcome of what the relationship had become. By doing so, the song made me feel like I was celebrating the beauty of what was and what had been.”

Lily Kershaw © Diana Mantis
Lily Kershaw © Diana Mantis

The song made me feel like I was celebrating the beauty of what was and what had been

You said I’m scary and fun
You didn’t know yet a girl is a gun
I wasn’t looking for damage
Something you couldn’t manage
You were a mess just trying to learn your lessons
Oh I’m just tripping on things that I’m missing

Ask Kershaw, or anyone else who’s been in love with “the wrong person.” Love is still love – it still has depth and charm, warmth and familiarity, and real, vulnerable connection. Even if you don’t love that person anymore, or have distanced yourself from any and all memories, you still loved them once upon a time – sharing a part of yourself that you can’t revoke or dismiss. We grow and become different people – shadows of our past selves and reflections of our futures – but nevertheless, our history is what shapes us, delivering us from who we were to who we are, and who we have yet to become.

You used to love to take me, you used to love to take me, you used to love to take me home,” Kershaw sings in an overwhelmingly heartfelt chorus. She pushes herself to feel what she once felt, dancing in the past and lying, once more, in that glowing, reflective “Moonlight.” Vibrant swells of sound complement her passionate outbursts: It’s okay to admit to ourselves that, at one time, everything felt alright. Things felt right, even if life didn’t quite turn out the way you planned at the time.

Breathtakingly moving and hauntingly mature, Lily Kershaw’s “Moonlight” offers cathartic closure on love, providing a window to the past whereby we can appreciate the good times we had, without dwelling in the unhappy ending. Stream “Moonlight” ahead of its worldwide release exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay tuned for more from Lily Kershaw as she prepares to release her new EP, the appropriately-titled Lost Angeles out June 1, 2018!

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