CCM favorite Lauren Daigle has a new original song "Almost Human" featured on the soundtrack of the film Blade Runner 2049. The movie is a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.
It is a sequel to Blade Runner (1982), the film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto in supporting roles. Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts a replicant blade runner named K, who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant. To prevent a possible war between species, K is secretly tasked with finding the child and destroying all evidence related to it, leading him to discover that the child bears a connection to missing blade runner Deckard.
Lauren Daigle took on social media to tell us how her song made it onto the soundtrack. "I started laughing because timing is not something I take for granted; I see it as fingerprints." Daigle wrote in a lengthy Facebook post about her experience.
After accepting the gig and flying to LA, it took Lauren and a writing team only two days to finish the song. "There is a moment in the writing room that I wait for, the moment where I can feel God breathe on something," Lauren said of her writing experience. "In the first day of writing, it seemingly wasn't there. I left feeling like that was my life or death, my yes or no. I knew we had to tweak some things. The next day, I went in to complete the song lyric and lay down the vocal. For me, I was still waiting. Back and forth, sitting still, walking in circles. And then, the last lyric came. We ran around the room like children. It was the moment the 'yes' showed up. The breath was there filling the words on the page and equipping my soul for territories I have never known."
Lauren described her heart behind the song: "We, as humans, long for hope. We long for love. We long for value. I was walking through a time where I needed to be reminded of those same things. Not because of what I do. Not because of successes. Not because I have a voice or people telling me I'm valuable. But because of whose I am and who I am. If this whole world changes, am I still whole in the end?"
"Although, I had never seen Blade Runner 2049, I was told the synopsis of the story during the writing session. I didn't have an acting role in the film, but I had the opportunity to become a sonic actor, to tell a story of searching and questioning through sound. I dove in, relating to the emotions and feelings of each character. When it came time to act my scene, the pen and paper became the backdrop where lyrics evolved into life. I embraced the idea of what it felt like to never meet your full potential, to strive for something you could never attain, and long for what you could never have. We, as humans, can be tossed aside and undervalued even while giving life your hardest fight, your best effort. This is where I see my need for something greater. This is where I see my need for God to give me the hope I long for, the love I'm desperately wired for, and the value my identity searches for."