That’s the question at the center of the just-released album from veteran singer/songwriter Sara Groves. What Makes It Through, her 14th album and first collection of original songs since 2015’s Floodplain, is a reflection on an unsettled world, especially in recent years, and a step toward healing.
Groves, an avid reader, was inspired by a number of books in making this album. She cites Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant as a source for the album’s prevailing theme.
In Ishiguro’s book, “the two main characters are coming out of a fog of forgetfulness, waking up to their own histories — the ways they have been wounded, and have caused wounds,” says Groves.