Maria Taylor with PJ Bond
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
Tickets: $10 at etix.com or Homer's Music
Info: 402-884-5353 or onepercent- productions.com
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Maria Taylor wrote a happy album.
On her latest solo effort, with themes of love and family and being a mom, Taylor toed the line between sappy and cheesy.
“It's a fine line,” she said. “I tried to balance it.”
Some of the melodies on “Something About Knowing” have a more melancholy feel to keep the record from being a cheese-fest, and Taylor, one half of the pop duo Azure Ray, enjoys musical irony.
“I like music that can sound sad and lyrics that are happy,” she told The World-Herald. “I can express way more through my music than through my words.”
Some songs, such as “Up All Night,” are clearly about her young son and the new adventures (including heading out on tour with child) they're sharing. She just doesn't want everyone to think that every single song was inspired by him.
Many of the songs from the Alabama singer have all kinds of interpretations.
“It's funny. I feel like people think they're all about him,” she said. “I wanted the record to be not just that specific.”
With “Something About Knowing,” Taylor wanted a slick production, so she teamed up with Omaha producer Mike Mogis. The album contrasts her previous solo album, “Overlook,” which she produced herself, but the record also matches up with previous efforts that were also made with Mogis' help.
She loved what he did with the album.
“I feel like lots of my favorite musicians and producers are my friends. Mike is one of those people that I know if he likes it, I'm gonna like it,” she said. “You have to really trust someone when you give them your songs. They're like your babies. You have to let go a little bit and trust them to do what they're gonna do with it.”