I have a tendency to both listen to and write dark songs. One day I decided to work on something more optimistic and light, and right away found a nice sounding chord pattern and started with that - Another was finished about 20 minutes later. It's kind of an Ed Sheeran-esque throwback ballad, and about two young people falling in love.
This song was written when I was in a really vulnerable place. I had a huge crush on a guy who led me on and then said he didn’t reciprocate my feelings, and it took a huge toll on me. In order to be around him everyday and face him at school, I put on a brave face and acted like I didn’t care about him at all, as though that would help me move on. This song is about denial; not being brave enough to admit the truth.
We all know her. She is someone who lives for attention, and is willing to flirt with anyone at all - even the guy that her best friend is in love with. At said friend’s birthday party. This song is for all the hearts that this girl has broken.
Wiser Eyes was originally written on a dulcimer, an instrument that was used by Joni Mitchell in the 1970s, but the final version just wanted to rock. It’s a song that I wrote after going to a terrible party and seeing the guy that I had a huge crush on flirting with another girl. What the hidden message of the song really is, though, is how it feels to be the artist, the poet, the outcast - the observer. I tried to have this song encapsulate the feeling that you have when you’re anxious and feeling left out, yet vividly aware of everything that’s going on around you.
I respect Halsey’s lyrics and message so much. She has created such an amazing identity for herself; an artist with a tough exterior but a heart of gold. This song is one of my favorite’s of hers, as it describes the struggles of handling fame while being young in the 21st century - a time where false personas are praised and honesty is avoided.
Ellie Goulding is one of my favorite singers of all time. She has one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard - it’s literally an instrument of its own. I really wanted to try and approach this cover differently, which is why I filmed it acoustically and casually. Ellie is definitely a hero of mine, and inspires me to break the rules with my voice.
I want to thank my band for all the support they've given me.
Back row, from left to right: Harry Shannon, Mike Appleman, and Tim Fleming
Keepin' it healthy at rehearsal break.