You’re a good man with a good heart and I didn’t need your song to tell me that. There’s no way you can be the awful guy the media paints you to be when you write songs like Gravity or Clarity. For every season of my life (since about 12, 2002), your music has had a place for me and listening to it has been like sitting on a couch getting advice from my favorite guy friend (they’re the most honest), but you’re much more profound. It’s been my refuge when I’m angry, and the voice of reason when the right thing is tough to do. We all lose our way sometimes. I would equate it with the “I’d like that” effect you explained so long ago. Sometimes we let the relationship with ourselves or our conscience become this unmaintained yard that’s the eyesore of the neighborhood. It happens to the best of us, but finding our way back as we hack through the mess we’ve created is the healthiest and most honest self reflective experience. It’s probably the most difficult as well. I’m glad you took the time you needed for yourself and I’m sorry about your granuloma. I am so thankful for the gift you’ve been given and your willingness to share it with all of us to serve as that safe space of solace for us.
There have been so many moments in the last 10 years where a lyric has given me that little bit of courage to move forward, or take a risk (like breaking up or falling in love, or say my peace). I listened to you on my way to my high school and college graduations. I listen to Bigger Than My Body before every job interview, and I’ve gotten lots of great life changing jobs in the last 4 years. I listened to Stop This Train when my dad passed on a few years ago. Your music has provided for so much clarity in my life. I’m getting ready to get a “keep me where the light is” tattoo because that Gravity reminds me exactly where I need to be in this world.
I believe I can do whatever I can possibly dream because you have told me in so many ways that I can.
You are amazing. Born and Raised is so honest and hearty. It’s great for the soul. It’s like drinking something warm. I can’t wait to see you play it live. The Civil Wars would complement your music well on tour (just a suggestion).
Thank you for always being there for me.
P.S.: I’d love to know if Walt Grace lived. He did in my head. Also, I’m very glad you added at least one song with wedding potential the Born and Raised. I’d like your music to be present on that occasion as well ;)