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Anna Burch Shares New Holiday Song “Your Heart May Be Heavy”

Song Recorded After She Recovered From COVID-19.

Dec 18, 2020 Anna Burch
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Detroit singer/songwriter/guitarist Anna Burch has shared a brand new song, “Your Heart May Be Heavy.” Burch says it’s a hopeful Christmas song to close out a tough year, one in which she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered. The song follows her sophomore solo album, If You’re Dreaming, which was released in early April via Polyvinyl. Listen to “Your Heart May Be Heavy” below.

Burch had this to say about the song in a press release: “I knew I wanted to write a Christmas song after the difficult year we’ve all had, because of how emotionally potent they can be. When I hear Judy Garland sing ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ I can’t help but well up with tears while still remaining hopeful. I came up with the chord progression on piano, but then I got COVID. Thankfully I had a mild case, but not only was my motivation and creativity completely drained, I also couldn’t sing very well because of limited breath control. Luckily I recovered in time, and with the help and generosity of my friends and team I was able to finish this song in time to have it out just before Christmas. The song is called ‘Your Heart May Be Heavy’ which I didn’t consciously realize was an inversion of Judy’s ‘may your heart be light.’ Merry Christmas to everyone muddling through, I hope this song in its small way can be a gift of cheer.”

Read our interview with Burch on If You’re Dreaming.

Read our positive review of the album.

Previously Burch and shared If You’re Dreaming’s first single, “Not So Bad,” via a self-directed video for the track. “Not So Bad” was one of our Songs of the Week. Then she shared another song from it, “Party’s Over,” via a self-directed video that starred Burch as a jilted bride after the groom goes on the run thanks to a sea monster. “Party’s Over” was also one of our Songs of the Week. Then Burch shared another song from the album, “Tell Me What’s True,” via a self-directed video that was inspired by Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, starring Ellen Burstyn.

If You’re Dreaming was the follow-up to 2018’s Quit the Curse (also released on Polyvinyl).

Read our 2018 interview with Anna Burch.

Read our review of Anna Burch’s Quit the Curse.

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