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Tara MacLean’s “If I Fall (Sparrow Version)” Summons Sentimental Self-Empowerment

By Emma Page

Internationally acclaimed Canadian East Coast singer/songwriter Tara MacLean has released a new version of her 2000 hit song, “If I Fall.” The re-recorded version comes from her new album, Sparrow

The song, originally intended to be a television show theme, allowed her to be “unabashedly hooky” in her desire to show people that there is nothing they can’t do. This time, she has stripped it down and added her own sweet spin to this version, which is quite elegant, rather than upbeat.

We watch her sing with her heart in a studio, as flashbacks fill the screen – scenes from herself performing in a talent show as a little girl to cuts from the original music video. 

This version is certainly contemplative and evokes reflection for the listener. She perseveres with the lyrics, “And if I fall, / I will find a way back to my hands / I’m the only one who can help me find my feet again”.

“I love this part of the song because in re-recording it, I realized how prophetic this song has been for me, in my search for stillness, in my dreams coming true,” MacLean says. “Now I look at my life and career and see how I have achieved so much of what I set out to do, and this song was a vehicle that brought me there.”

Her new album, Sparrow, is a companion soundtrack to her upcoming memoir about her life in music, which will be released with a major publisher in March 2023. The album is a reimagined collection of her past work, as well as brand new material. 

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Alchemical Records contributor Emma Page

Emma Page

Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.

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