Back in 2000, I was sitting in my parent’s house watching MTV. That afternoon my eyes and ears were greeted with the most wonderful sound. It was the song “Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse. From that point on I was hooked.
I immediately dropped what I was doing, jumped in my car and drove to Walmart to buy the album. The rest of the day I drove around listening to the entire record over and over again. I couldn’t get enough.
Every word Jason Wade wrote rang true in my heart. Up until that point, I had never heard anything so honest and pure. Gosh Jimmy, you didn’t get out much did you? No, actually. I didn’t.
The lyrics of every song made me look inward, and sometimes made me feel sorry for myself. Maybe it wasn’t the healthiest thing to do, but what else do you expect from a 20 something? Geesh.
My favorite song on “No Name Face” was “Simon.”
The lines that hit me to my core were:
As you start to crawl
Back in your cage
The only place
Where they will Leave you alone.
‘Cause the weak will Seek the weaker till they’ve broken them.
Could you get it back again? Would it be the same?
Fulfillment to their lack of strength at your expense,
Left you with no defense;
They tore it down.
At that point in my life, it was exactly what I was feeling. There were people in my life who I felt were using me and I just felt hopeless.
To this day, it’s still my favorite record. Some people have laughed at me in the past for loving Lifehouse. Not sure why, but this band played a significant role in how I wrote music in the future.
It’s difficult being honest in your music. There’s always this part that wants to “sell out” and make the cheesy pop song with the hook that makes the kids go crazy.
But then there’s this other side. The side that’s honest about what’s going on. The side that says “I have felt the same as you.”
As of late, I’ve been sorting through a lot of lyrics and processing what I’m going to say on the new album. Trying to figure out what my sound will be. Wanting to make a difference in someone’s life just like Lifehouse did in mine.
I imagine I will right about the church, my parent’s divorce, love for my wife, and treating the people of the world with love and respect. This will hopefully be the most honest thing I’ve released.
How about you? What songs or artists have impacted your life?