Do you ever drive to work, hastily swiping through Spotify or iTunes Music or Tidal or (insert your preferred streaming music service here) to pick something on your phone to listen to and then stumble across a recording you made 2 years ago of a song you wrote 8 years ago, realize that you really like it and then release it for free on Soundcloud...?! Well I did.
This song, "Has to be Hard" was written a long time ago when I was a completely different person living a totally different life. Over the last 3 years my existence has been one of unrelenting change, reformation and rebirth. The end results have been good. The process has been excruciating.
Along the path of these many existential crises, my faith in the choices I've made has been tested. Have all my righteous rebellions really been worth the price I've paid for them? Is the reality I've manifested the one I really wanted? Does everything really have to be this hard?
"Has to be Hard" is a simple lullaby with a very direct message. Don't give up. Don't lose yourself in your circumstances. It's cliche. It's not subtle. It's not particularly clever. That's ok. I've realized that there are times when things should be said as plainly and directly as possible.
A friend of mine called this song Beatles-esque and I get that. But I wrote this with Harry Nilsson in mind. If you haven't had the privilege of digesting Nilsson's catalog, he was the master of American art pop and a genuine treasure. I guarantee you've heard some of his stuff (perhaps this or this or this) but there is so much more to explore, I highly recommend it.
I believe in the power of art. Over my life, songs with the right message at the right time have changed my whole way of thinking. "Has to be Hard" is free to download on Soundcloud. I hope you enjoy it.