“Artists have the ability to say clearly what the world feels vaguely.”
I can't remember exactly where I read this but it has stuck with me for the last few years. As I think back to the songs that have impacted me the most, they have always carried more than just catchy melodies, cool instrumentation, or a good hook. There is lots of music that I really enjoy, but the songs that mean the most to me are ones that have helped give words to what I am feeling at the moment.
Think of the songs in your life that are most meaningful to you:
Why do they stand out?
What were you experiencing or going through when you heard them for the first time?
What have they helped you put words to, that before listening to them you couldn’t?
As a songwriter, I have written many songs and have found this quote to be true. Out of the songs I have written, the ones that have “stuck” with people the most or had the biggest impact are the ones where I have helped clearly put to words what someone else is feeling.
When I set out to write this song I wrote it for a friend who was going through a hard time. Out of all the songs I have written, this was perhaps the easiest to write. I think that is because I was able to tap in to a universal experience that we both had shared on some level.