May 3, 2021
Michael Ray has always cut songs that feel true to him, but nothing feels truer than his own story. Together with award-winning songwriters Michael Hardy and David Garcia, he penned his newest track “Picture” about memories of his family captured in photograph: One day we’re barefoot, young and alive / the next we’re a story in a three-by-five / that somebody’s sure glad to have. The track, inspired by the passing of Ray’s uncle in June 2020, is equal parts loving tribute to memories past and grateful look ahead to those yet to come.
“We wrote ‘Picture’ the day of my Uncle Terry’s viewing,” the singer / songwriter said. “The night before, my buddy and I were going through photos and he said, ‘Isn’t it wild how, no matter what you do in your life, we’ll all just end up being pictures that somebody who loves us holds onto?’ I wrote that down at three in the morning, and I decided not to cancel my write the next day with my friends Michael Hardy and David Garcia. I came in with this idea and I told them, ‘I think we have something special here.’ I wanted it to write it very autobiographically. This last year has made me so appreciative of the people who can just sit still with me, reflect and reminisce. It’s one of my favorite things about growing up in the south, and I hope we never lose that.
Added Ray, “I hope that when people hear this song, it’s not something that brings sadness. It’s something that brings joy. I hope it serves as a reminder that it’s okay to slow down and be present, because you’ll never regret the time to take to be with family and friends. I hope listeners can go back to pictures and relive good times with loved ones that maybe have passed, but I also hope it reminds them to capture those memories, in the moment, while they can.”
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