This time, last year.

On this day 1 year ago, I met Keilan for the first time at a concert in Richmond, VA. It was a local show at The Four Hundred with 3 bands in the line-up, and he was a part of it.  

I was a graduate student at the time, and had been working with a songwriting coach based in Nashville, after spending the previous summer there. I went to the concert for fun, interested to see what Richmond’s music scene was like.

Keilan played a solo acoustic set, and invited people to say “hi” afterwards, since he didn’t have merch with him. As a new fan, I decided I would do that.  

We talked over a noisy room & I told him I’d been songwriting on my own. I was surprised I hadn’t heard his music before, and curious about his songwriting process. 

I thought it might be fun to co-write, so I mentioned it loosely, thinking he’d probably be busy or not up for it. He had no reason to say yes really, and I didn’t have much credibility as a songwriter without any songs “out there.”

Now that a year’s gone by, it’s interesting to think about how all new things begin, and how they grow. I don’t think either of us expected, one year later, we’d have a few songs on iTunes or that we’d call ourselves “The Tide Rose.” 

But like any story, ours began somewhere. 

We’ll be writing about “this time, last year” as we reflect on how we got our start, and invite you look back with us. Life often makes more sense later on.

-Whitney