Listen: White Horse Lake by John Goraj
White Horse Lake by John Goraj
We are thrilled to bring to you the new single from Los Angeles-based indie folk singer-songwriter John Goraj called “White Horse Lake.” The new track appears on Goraj’s new CD, The Patience of Glaciers, out now.
“A South Dakota native based in L.A., Goraj takes cues from indie-folk icons including Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, and The Patience of Glaciers seamlessly combines his inspirations and skill as a songwriter. The four-track EP is propelled by delicate acoustic guitars and airy, winding vocal melodies that channel the lush landscape of the Pacific coast. On his new single “White Horse Lake” delicate fingerpicked guitar provides a foundation for Goraj’s captivating vocal melodies as he sings the song’s hopeful refrain, ‘There’s no fight to fight.'”
Here’s a bit about “White Horse Lake,” from John:
“‘White Horse Lake’ is a reflection on an assemblage of themes, memories, and places—some of them real, some of them imaginary. The title of the song refers to a lake in Arizona that my wife used to go to as a child with her grandfather—White Horse Lake. They used to go fishing there in the ’80s and I kept hearing my wife and her mother talk about it with such fondness whenever it was brought up. I was intrigued by this special memory and by the interesting name of the lake.
The song continues to elaborate of my personal memories of childhood growing up in South Dakota and spending summers on the lakes of Minnesota. One night on a lake in Northern Minnesota, my cousin and I got really drunk at a large family reunion and the next morning everyone was furious—we were only 12 and 13. The same verse talks about having a major spiritual experience in a chapel on another lake in Yankton, South Dakota. So, the lake theme is even more pronounced than I was even conscious of at the time of the songwriting. I felt a powerful, loving force asking me to just be open to a deeper level of freedom, a deeper participation in love.
The final verse is purely fictional. It describes a sojourner in a western wilderness, looking for answers. The verse includes image-based references to cloistered religious communities, the lost art of iconography and geological processes.
The simple chorus, “maybe, there’s no fight to fight, baby we’re alright” challenges the many common little reasons that humans get upset in daily life. Is that worth our energy? Could that energy be channeled in other more meaningful ways? This was obviously written before our current president was in our office.”