Nine years have passed since she released her debut album, "Collect", and now, with a new album, Yuval Dayan is coming full circle and returning to work together with musician and producer Patrick Sabag, who produced her first album.
Today (Sunday), Dayan releases "Stay You", the title track of the new album. It's a personal and revealing song, marking the musical direction of the fourth album and the musical journey with Patrick that led to the joint album, and soon to a big show in its wake and significant insights from a 28-year-old artist.
Yuval Dayan - Stay the
"I always had the feeling that I wanted to get closer to the audience, to open up to them, and actually through the songs and through the texts I wanted to agree to be vulnerable. It wasn't a simple thing for me. I'm used to smiling and conveying that everything is fine, encouraging people, but while working with Patrick, I realized that the real way to give someone hope and faith is to show them that you were also at a difficult point, and that's a big conclusion that landed on me," she says.
"I took this insight and realized that it was worthwhile to write the song out of difficulty. I have a notebook full of letters to people I write, who are close to me, who will never see them. It's my way of writing songs, and I started writing this song as a letter of encouragement to a friend who has been expecting children for many years and isn't going well. During the words of encouragement, I realized that I was actually encouraging myself," she laughs. "After all, every situation is a trigger for something I'm going through inside. I flowed with it and took it to my place, that I want to stay me."
"Staying Me", meaning your place in the Israeli music world?
"I'm afraid to give an accurate interpretation, because it's important to me that the song belongs to everyone. I have a dream that a girl who is ostracized will hear it and not be afraid to stay herself. Today I heard about a girl who committed suicide because of a boycott, and it finishes me. But I will say that this world is changing at a dizzying pace: we can find ourselves trying to please or like it because it's 'right' to do it now, and I realized that this place, the desire to be loved all the time and be okay with everyone, may be beautiful on the outside - but it has a very heavy internal price. I want to follow my path and be true to my values and my creation."
We are after Shavuot. It sounds like you've already made amends and come to far-reaching insights.
"I swim in these places all day," she laughs. "I take seriously the emotional and faith place in life, and believe that everything happens for a reason, that every situation outside is a reflection of what happens inside, and there is the desire to be precise. We already had three choruses for this song, and each time Patrick said, 'It's better,' and we peeled more and more as we went along. It was a crazy process."
What are the plans for the future? Any thoughts of returning to the theater?
"The album will come out in October, and we're planning a big show. As for acting, I was happy, I'm open to suggestions."
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