As you guys have heard me talk about on the show, we recently had to move my last surviving grandparent into hospice. My Grandpa is 93 and has lived a full life, and while at 93 you know they won’t be here forever it is still super difficult dealing with the end of life.
Recently I went down to visit him and on the way home I threw on a playlist on Spotify and had this song pop up right off the bat. I had never heard the song before, though James Blunt has been around the music scene for quite some time.
Only through a little research did I find out this song is a single that was just released in mid-October with the full album dropping on October 25, 2019.
No wonder I had never heard it, it just came out.
But within seconds of hearing the lyrics of the chorus, tears began to fall and before I knew it I had the song on repeat and was being hit by a dump truck of emotion.
Here are the lyrics to the chorus:
I’m not your son, you’re not my fatherMonsters by James Blunt off the album Once Upon a Mind
We’re just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you’re sleeping, I’ll try to make you proud
So daddy, won’t you just close your eyes?
Don’t be afraid, it’s my turn
To chase the monsters away
Now to be clear, this song is about a son losing a father and the role reversal that comes with it. My situation is a tad bit different as it’s my Grandpa, not my Dad, that I’m losing, but the sentiment is the same.
Why do I bring this up?
The answer is simple.
This is a song that is written from(presumably) a place of personal experience. From the viewpoint of someone that has been through the pain of losing a loved one.
And that life experience is what allows this song, this art, to connect so deeply with others that are going through something similar.
Honest. Real. Life Experience.
It’s a part of the creative process that is so easy to lose sight of. We get so wrapped up in the latest books from creativity gurus and top five strategies to boost creativity lists that we forget the most important piece of the puzzle.
To create meaningful work we have to live meaningful lives.
It doesn’t mean we need to air every personal bit of dirty laundry in our art.
But to create work that will connect with people we DO have to use the gift of finding a way to insert OUR OWN personal experiences into the art in a way that is relate-able to whoever you are trying to connect with.
Thank you James, for sharing your personal experience
Here is the album info if you are interested in hearing more. I’m not sponsored or affiliated in any way with Mr. Blunt or his music. But it’s a truly heartbreaking and beautiful song that expresses perfectly what we are going through right now.
For that I am thankful.
The Song: Monsters
The Album : Once Upon a Mind
The Artist : James Blunt