Keeping the creative fire lit within yourself year after year is a challenge that all artists eventually face. How do you continue to stoke those flames without them burning out? While there is no one universal answer to this conundrum, after more than 25 years of writing and performing songs, Boise, Idaho indie folk rock musician Jan Reed (she/her) has found her answer through a newfound patience that only comes from so many years of experience. “It’s been slow-going lately, putting out songs. I used to spill them out into the internet the same day I wrote them, clumsy and ‘authentic,’ a rougher and less considerate entry than they deserved. Now I am content to follow the slow process of collaboration and refinement, of giving the songs a chance to develop to their potential before sending them out.” Jan’s considerate love and care for her own songs is evident on her latest release, a three song EP titled Everything is Always. The songs on this EP reflect Reed’s more patient, and deliberate, and collaborative creative process. With a grander folk-tinged full band sound than on her earlier releases, her newest songs take their time to tell beautifully personal stories, providing timelessly cozy vibes as perfectly suited to be the soundtrack for long summer road trips down a sunny coastal highway or a snowy day in a forest cabin. Jan also currently plays synthesizer with the band Mr. Grant Olsen and sings backup for Nick Delffs. She has also made music collaboratively with many others in past times, including Summerhead, Everybody Forever, and Jean Cardeno.