We've all got cages that we need to break out of. We've all experienced the weight of worldly expectations, self-doubt, and seasons of discontent, and we've all longed for an escape. Year of the Buffalo — a collaborative duo from Dayton, Ohio — employs lyrical minimalism and musical expansion in their song "Leo" to help us feel like breaking free is possible.
There are places that stick with us, places we'll remember all our lives. The simple act of remembering time spent there gives us a sustaining and re-invigorating hope. Patrick Mahon's "Allegheny" takes us on a beautiful retreat to one such place in rural Pennsylvania. It's a song and a trip we won't soon forget.
Grief runs on its own clock. And everyone processes it differently. Shame, regret, and that endless barrage of what-if scenarios can make dealing with loss all the more difficult. Maria Price faces it all head-on in her beautiful, honest, and soulful "This Way."
An essential issue of our time is the relationship between men and their machines. When it comes to your relationship to technology, how free is your will? Are you in control? Derek Webb's "I Feel Everything" explores this terrain within the context of a nuanced and uniquely creative morality tale.
Everything gets questioned when a relationship ends. Decisions are second-guessed; movement and growth can seem impossible. Rebecca Roubion embraces the necessary sadness of it all in her heartbreakingly honest and beautiful song "Cripple Me."