Episode 14: "Two Sisters" by Jenni Mansfield Peal
"These Ozark mountains, Ozark kin; they hide their secrets, old as sin."
With these words, Jenni Mansfield Peal sets the scene for her haunting child ballad, "Two Sisters." The song's delicate minor soundscape unfolds like the white river mist Jenni describes, a dark and contemplative space for one sister to share her resentments, her anger, and her confusion. In this episode, Jenni talks about the craft of songwriting in the folk genre, the importance of creating space for the entire spectrum of feelings in songs, and how one's understanding of one's own composition crystalizes over time. She and Emmeline also talk about Carl Jung, dream theory, Faulkner, the messiness of the human condition, and the emotional ups and downs of life as an independent musician. Jenni even shares the story of her very special encounter with Townes Van Zandt!
To learn more about Jenni Mansfield Peal or to hear more of her music, visit Jenni's official website at JenniMansfieldPeal.com. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of a Song, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or explore the Journey of Series official page.