My grandma used to say that there are a few things you’re not supposed to talk about at a party: sex, politics, and religion. And yet, these topics are the ones I sing about night after night. I can sing painfully honest songs in front of a thousand strangers easier than I can talk about these things with my closest friends. It’s odd, and I wish it weren’t true- but it is.
We all have holy cows. Unmentionables. Darker elements of our live that we protect from the practical questions of the real world. It might be a parent who drinks too much, or a friend who has a hard time keeping a job. Or worse yet, maybe it’s my own issues and problems. These are the places I’d rather avoid- they’re painful, vulnerable, and awkward. But diving into these places of tension can be the beginning of a beautiful transformation. These dark spots are also incredibly fertile soil for songwriting. And sometimes the song can be the first step towards change.