"I see clearly that I'm not okay."
These words--so clearly, vulnerably, and fearlessly articulated--break "Sea Song" wide open, beginning the chorus and delineating the moment of reckoning when we finally choose to acknowledge our problems and begin the arduous, rewarding process of healing. In this episode, Emmeline sits down with Puerto Rican native Xavier Bernazard to talk about the dark place from which the song began, the healing found in its composition, and how Xavier's desire to grow into his own person and lean into his sadness brought the song to life. Emmeline and Xavier talk about transforming anxiety into an anthem. Xavier also shares his favorite Paramore songs, "Last Hope" and "26," and talks about the importance of a good cry by the ocean.
To learn more about Xavier Bernazard, or to follow his musical journey, follow him on Instagram at @xavierbernazard. For behind-the-scenes information and more about Journey of an Artist, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage.