I recently chatted with Skye Wallace about her upcoming album, the Maritimes, personal connection to geography, revisiting familiar places as an adult, and establishing one’s own roots. Read an excerpt below, and watch her perform “These Are the Words” in Sam Soo’s kitchen.

During her recent travels, she revisited many of the places from her youth. But she returned on her terms, this time planting her own roots instead of relying on pre-established family connections. She reflects on one trip: “That was the first time I’ve been to Newfoundland, other than St. John’s, by myself. Other than that, I’ve been with family. This was just a completely different experience, very integral to my connection to place.”

Returning to a familiar place but with years of new lived experiences behind her – as a different person, in many ways – has led her to discovering new aspects of that place, making it new again. “I think that’s so exciting. That’s such an exciting thing to experience, having multiple contexts for a place that you’re very familiar with.… It’s a very interesting development and relationship to have with a place.”

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