“How can you ‘stop and smell the roses’ if you don’t even notice them?,” Kara Connolly asks in her new single “Roses” — a breezy commentary on the passage of time, our success driven society, and the singer-songwriter’s desire for a return to innocence where she can finally slow down and be more present in her life.
“I went on a three day plant medicine ceremony (ayahuasca—one of the world’s most powerful psychedelics) in search of understanding and healing,” Kara reveals. “We had to walk several miles through brush and cactuses to find what would eventually become our ceremony grounds. Psychedelics put me in touch with my heart and ground me with the earth, so on the walk back I realized I hadn’t even noticed my surroundings on the way up whatsoever, such as the striking color of the flowers. I was so in my head…I spend a lot of my time there. There’s a line in the song that says ‘they tell me slow down before you break down, I’m almost there now’ which really has two meanings…I’m almost to my destination…I can see it…so I feel like I have to keep going, but I’ve also nearly broken down at several stops along the way.”
Quiet reflection meets moments of bliss and freedom in “Roses” through the form of dreamy guitars, effortless melodies, airy harmonies and a laid back vibe. Produced by Jack Ventimiglia, written with Jack and Teddi Gold, vocal produced mixed by Drew Alexander, and mastered by Randy Merrill (Harry Styles, Maren Morris, Lorde, Taylor Swift), Kara’s latest single hints of legends Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty and delivers a universal message of slowing down, savoring the moment, and recognizing the small-big things in life amidst a world full of dangerous ambition and trying to be somebody.
“The truth is that as an “adult,” I miss that new dress, summer love, feet in the dirt, rainfall on the pavement, hands over a fire kind of feeling,” Kara discloses. “With ‘Roses,’ I wanted to capture that sort of freedom that can feel elusive to me and remind myself that life isn’t always about getting ahead and constant progress, even though I am naturally very ambitious.”
She sings, “I wanna wear time like a new dress, send love letters across oceans even if they never get there. Spinning in slow motion, trying to catch the moment, I can finally notice there are roses everywhere.” Instantly, we find ourselves lighter in spirit. “I hope this song can be a reminder of all the beauty in your life and help you to notice the ‘roses’ around you like it has for me,” Kara says. We will be cruising in our car, listening to this song on repeat, and dare we say, may even stop to smell the roses along the way.