Los Angeles-based pop singer-songwriter Sonja Midtune introduces her new single/music video, “Talk to Me,” a song about the aching loneliness inside waning romance, as Sonja decides to give the relationship one more chance, fully realizing the inescapable outcome.
Written by Sonja Midtune and recorded by Kai Nakamura at Ground Up Studios, the song features the talents of David Greiman (piano), Maxwell Pierce (bass), and Jason Montgomery (drums).
“Talk to Me” very nearly didn’t see the light of day, as Sonja suffered a leg injury in July, bringing everything to a grinding halt. On crutches for weeks on end, she says, “I was in such a dark place mentally and emotionally that my thoughts were telling me I should stop making music, stop being an artist.”
But she didn’t stop, because just prior to her injury she had begun teach songwriting at Cal Poly Pomona. “I realized that I couldn’t teach with integrity if I was leaving my career as an artist. It wouldn’t feel right; it would be hypocritical. Teaching students has really inspired me to get back in the game,” explains Sonja.
When not teaching, Sonja is putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming EP, set to release in 2020, playing with indie-rock band Talk Time, and rehearsing for her role in Pockets, an off-Broadway musical debuting in December. Sonja’s also on the SONA steering committee and has performed at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Bar Lubitsch, Vibrato Jazz Club in Beverly Hills, The Viper Room, The Bootleg, and the Mint, along with many others.
Originally from Minnesota, when she was eight-years-old Sonja started performing in musicals, followed by playing in various bands during high school. Later, she studied at St. Olaf College, majoring in Music Theory and Composition. After completing her college degree, she enrolled in the European American Music Alliance’s La Schola Cantorum.
“Talk to Me” opens on an elegant melancholic guitar followed by the entry of Sonja’s gorgeously textured voice, soft and velvety. A low-slung piano arrives, adding mellow nostalgic tones to the tune, infusing it with resonant dimension.
When the drums enter, the song takes on harmonic depth, and then drops back down to the radiant beauty of Sonja’s silky elegiac timbres accompanied by her guitar. The feel and flow of the song exudes gentle ozone smelling mists of regret, longing, and heartache.
“Talk to me / I told you everything / Tell me why / I’m the farthest star in your big sky / You don’t love me like you did so tell me why.”
The video, filmed and edited by Sonja’s brother, Lars, depicts Sonja playing her guitar in a log cabin, as candles burn in the backdrop. The screen splits, introducing the image of an exquisite flower blossoming to full glory, and then wilting beneath tarnished petals. Poignantly affecting, the symbolism suggests the final breaths of the relationship.
Emotionally haunting, yet wonderfully delicate, “Talk to Me” is superb, blending graceful music with the heartrending sweetness of Sonja Midtune’s irresistible voice.