by Mariah Posey | October 31, 2017
By the rules of the bible, the Sabbath day is meant to command rest. But for Elon University junior Judah Brown, the spiritual day in addition to his mother’s words have motivated him to stay busy.
Since July of last summer, Brown has been hard at work on a new single titled “Mama Said” for his upcoming EP. He drew inspiration from childhood memories of attending church with his family and remembered his mother telling him to “never stress work on the seventh day.” From there, the rest of the song-making process came naturally.
“The lyrics came first–the first set,” Brown said. “I think I made the beat in 20 minutes. I just found the melody and worked off of that, and then I finished the lyrics. The progression hasn’t really changed a whole lot. Once I got the first two lines, I was already thinking about a rhyme scheme and a flow that I wanted to go with.”
Brown has been involved in music since the age of seven, but knew he had to decide on something more reliable as a career path. As an economics major, Brown sees his music as a side project, but appreciates the freedom of expression that comes with it.
“At the end of the day, I don’t want to be working nine-to-fives,” he said. “I don’t really like the super structured type of lifestyle so I think being able to step into music and have something more creative and independent, I’d really like that opportunity.”
Being involved in Limelight Records, Elon’s student-run record label, has helped Brown cease the opportunities currently available to him. Last Thursday, Oct. 26, he spent his evening fine-tuning his single for public release in McEwen’s editing bays. His manager, sophomore Tyler Fewin, said working with Brown is easy due to his dedication.
“He has an unbelievable work ethic,” Fewin said. “Judah is an incredible person. He spends a ton of time down here just doing work at any free moment he can get. He works unbelievably hard, which makes my job that much easier because I don’t have to stay on him.”
While music may only be a hobby for Brown, he appreciates Limelight for providing him more exposure to Elon’s campus community. As he continues to progress in his college career, he plans to continue using music as a way to reminisce.
“I like to use a lot of pictures of me as a kid just because it reminds me of my youth and my upbringing,” Brown said. “And I like to reflect on what I’ve learned from back then and how those lessons are shaping decisions I make now.”