A month after turning 17, Donivan Berube left home and disassociated himself from the church of Jehovah’s Witnesses, thus saying goodbye to his entire family and all of his friends, forever. Then he met his dream girl, Jacquelyn Beaupré, and together they took off to travel the continent and live out of a tent. There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow is the second release from Blessed Feathers & the duet continues to remain as an unsigned artist.
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Why this record?
If you’ve ever seen It’s A Wonderful Life, you likely remember the scene near the end of the movie when George Bailey is overcome with regret for wishing he’d never been born and is begging Clarence the angel to let him go back to the life he had. “Clarence! Clarence!”, he shouts over the edge of the dark snowy bridge, “Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.” There’s a purity to his angst. A simplicity to it. George has been wrestling violently with the implications of his own absence and discontentment and is begging to get out of the fight alive.
There’s something of that earnestness in There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow as well. Written more as a prayer than a declaration, the title speaks into the fundamental struggle of the album: enduring the process of deep peace slowly overgrowing deep sorrow and difficulty. Learning to keep living when the kind of redemption you’re looking for is more patient than you think you can bear. It’s also a low-voiced, late night manifesto of the open road as both a paradise and a purgatory. As both an Eden and a Gethsemane. It’s deep, and there’s a lot to unpack here so you’ll need to take your time. It’s as calm and heady as a weekend camping trip to the Henry Miller Memorial Library, and we think it’s going to end up being one of your favorites of the year.