Naomi Shore’s debut solo album, Piece By Piece, was born from what she calls six months of sadness after a breakup.
But there was light and love at the end of it all, too.
Shore released Piece By Piece to a sold-out crowd at Whole Wheat and Honey on March 16, and played a gem of a love song called Wait For Me.
She wrote the song on tour in Australia, with local crooner Ryan Sebastiano on her mind. The two had been friends for a decade, but found themselves building toward something bigger the summer before Shore left for the land Down Under.
"When I was here (in Fort St. John) we'd spend all of our time together, and then I was like, 'Yeah, I'm going to Australia in October. I'm going for two months, this isn't a thing,'" Shore recalled.
Shore wedged a break-up note in his door while Sebastiano slipped her a playlist of songs from their summer together, a soundtrack reminder for her flight and adventure abroad.
"I got to Australia, and for five days in Australia I cried myself to sleep. So, I sent him a message and was like, "Sike! Want to be my boyfriend? I'll see you in two months!'" Shore said with a laugh.
Shore started writing Sebastiano a song, sending him snippets and making him wait to hear it in full until she returned.
"I had this whole vision that we'd make love and we'd be lying in each other's arms and I'd pull out a ukelele and go, 'Listen to this!'" she said.
"Really, I got home ... I was so jet-lagged and I couldn't even get any of the words to the song out because I was crying, and he was like, 'I get it, it's cool.'"
Here’s a clip of Shore performing “Wait For Me” at Whole Wheat & Honey in Fort St. John, March 16, 2019.
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