5 Lessons Singer-Songwriter Freya Ridings Teaches In ‘You Mean The World To Me’ EP

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British singer songwriter Freya Ridings’ debut EP, You Mean The World to Me, delivers the studio version of all our favorite songs. The stunning five track EP follows Ridings’ failed relationship, and her longing for the love to come back. All five songs can be found on Ridings’ gorgeous full length live albums, from her performances at St. Pancras Old Church and Omeara. 

The raw emotion exhibited in her live shows are translated perfectly in the studio versions. Her simple piano melodies highlight her beautifully haunting vocals that honestly tell her stories of love and loss. Her debut album is expected later this year, until then we will have You Mean The World To Me on repeat.

Be sure to catch Ridings on May 8, 2019 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles or on May 13, 2019 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.

Don’t let history repeat itself; here are five lessons to be learned from Ridings’ relationships:

“You Mean the World to Me:”  Treat everyone the way you want to be treated.

Since we were kids, we have been told that the golden rule is to treat everyone the way you want to be treated. Ridings did not take this to heart which caused her love to walk out. She reflects on her tendencies to be “pretty mean” that push them away and make her seem like an “ice queen.” She deeply regrets her actions, but it is too late to turn back.

“Lost Without You:”  You never know what you have, until it’s gone.

Too often, we take advantage of what we have instead of treasuring it. “Lost Without You” is the phrase, “if you love them, let them go,” come to life. Ridings believed that she could let her love “go” and explore the world without her, but she finds that she is “lost without [them].” She didn’t realize the magnitude of her love and it all crashes down on her at once. While her love is finding his path in this world, Ridings loses hers “standing on the platform, watching [them] go.”

Ridings performed “Lost Without You” on our rooftop here: 

“Wishbone:” Wishes don’t always come true.

Wishes are our way of hoping for the impossible because reality is a tough monster to face. Often times, it is easier to tell yourself what you want to hear instead of taking the hit that reality delivers. Ridings doesn’t want to let her love go, so her eternal wish is to know that she will “see [them] again.” She doesn’t even care if it’s a lie, but is reliant on the reassurance that “it’s not the end.”

“Ultraviolet:” The truth is always uncovered.

There are no secrets in a relationship with a person who can “see all of [you].” Ridings finds herself losing control to “this magnetic force” that “pull[s] her eyes to [theirs].” Despite her best efforts, she “can’t fight it.” Her secret is “written in lemon juice,” and her lover is the ultraviolet light that exposes it all.

“Blackout:” No matter what anyone says, moving on is solely up to you.

If you don’t want to, you will never move on from a relationship. Your friends can tell you to move on, but their words can’t control your feelings. Dwelling on the past is both painful and nostalgic, and Ridings finds that she can’t live without the “pins and needles in [her] lips” at the idea of her love and doesn’t want to “blackout” the memories.

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