Today’s delicious song of the day comes London-based artist Josie Proto. In fact, Josie Proto has been covered on Eat This Music previously when she released her single “Sliced Bread” earlier in April 2020.
In what is seen as a change of pace from the bight, pop nuance of her previous singles, Josie has stripped back every element of artistry and has let her singular voice and acoustic guitar take the lead in what is essentially a song about Josie recounting times in her life where she could have expressed more gratitude.
Speaking on the release of the single, Josie explains that “Thank You” is incredibly literal per se; “it came from remembering a friend of mine, from when I was maybe 6 or 7 and wanting to know if I had same impact on him as he did on me I wrote the lyrics almost instantly and the melody and chords came secondary for this one; it was really a poem before a song.” There were so many stories of small, yet impactful meetings and crossings that Josie wanted to incorporate, but the ones that she felt were most important were the ones that had either left her with a phrase that she has remembered or a sense of guilt.
“It’s amazing how a very small interaction can make you feel guilty about the most minute things,” Josie says, “We kept the production simple, I wanted to maintain the raw and honest message without confusing, overpowering instruments.” Josie really hopes that ‘Thank You’ reminds people listening to be kind and grateful for the small things in life.