Ready To Love

Album: Heart Theory (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the closing track of Heart Theory, a concept album that takes listeners through Lindsay Ell's personal experience of seven stages of grief after a difficult heartbreak.

    The psychological framework was first developed by Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying. Inspired by her work with terminally ill patients, she postulated that those experiencing grief go through a series of five emotions. Ell adds two more working through shock, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression and acceptance across the record.
  • Ell wrote the songs for Heart Theory over the course of three years, during which she went through a breakup. She explained to HMV: "Naturally those emotions were going to work their way into my songwriting. I dug deep into all my past relationships and the process of getting over them and just started writing, and at a certain point noticed that my songs were naturally following those stages."
  • This peaceful and optimistic song falls under the "acceptance" category as Ell finally feels able to move on to new love after her difficult heartbreak. She told HMV it was the quickest track on the set to write.

    "Emotionally that song is where I am at personally, so it just flowed out. It was the last song we wrote, in fact, it was written the day before we went in to start tracking the record, and at that point, I was so open from baring my soul that it just poured out."

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