Five songs. Five portraits. Five stories. What was captured here was a collection of impressions. From the anxiety of impending loss, to imbalances of power and desire, to how cold and unforgiving the world can make us. No one escapes these experiences— they are a fact of life, and art imitates life. The tales that have been written and passed down through the ages serve as fair warnings for future generations. But mistakes are unavoidable. Inevitably we must write our own stories, and every adventure comes with its own host of trials. The truth is that all the myths and fables of every culture and corner of the Earth teach us one thing: Good stories without struggle do not exist, and a life without error can hardly be considered lived.
“Oғ Mʏᴛʜ & Mᴇɴ” is out Friday, August 2nd.
Tʜᴇ ᴅᴀʏs ᴀʀᴇ ɴᴜᴍʙᴇʀᴇᴅ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ sᴇᴄᴏɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛɪᴄᴋs ʙʏ ɪs ᴀ ғʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴀ ʀᴏʙʙᴇʀʏ. Lɪғᴇ ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ. Lᴏᴠᴇ ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ. Bᴇᴛʀᴀʏᴀʟ ɪs ɪᴍᴍɪɴᴇɴᴛ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟʟ ᴡᴇ ᴄᴀɴ ᴅᴏ ɪs ᴘʀᴀʏ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀʏ.
Tɪᴍᴇ, ᴛʜᴇ ɢʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏᴇʀ. Tʜᴇʏ ғᴀʟʟ ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ɢʀɪɴᴅ. Lᴏᴠᴇ ɪs ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ, ʙᴜᴛ ɪᴛ’s ᴏʟᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡɪsᴛғᴜʟ ɴᴏᴡ. Hᴇ ɢʀᴏᴡs ᴄᴏʟᴅ. Mᴀʏʙᴇ sʜᴇ’s ғɪɴᴅɪɴɢ ᴄᴏᴍғᴏʀᴛ ᴇʟsᴇᴡʜᴇʀᴇ. Aʟʟ ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ. Aʟʟ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇ ᴇᴠᴇɴᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ. “Aʟʟ ɢᴏᴏᴅ ᴛʜɪɴɢs…” ᴀs ᴛʜᴇʏ sᴀʏ.
Iɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀʀᴋ ᴡʜᴇɴ ɴᴏ ᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ, ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴜɴɢᴇʀ ᴏᴠᴇʀᴄᴏᴍᴇs. Sʜᴇ sᴄʀᴀᴘᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏʀsᴇʟs ᴏғ ʜɪs ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ ᴄᴀʟʟ, ᴛʜᴇ sɪʟᴇɴᴄᴇ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴏɴᴇ ɢᴀɪɴɪɴɢ ᴇxᴘᴀɴsᴇ. Uɴᴛɪʟ ғɪɴᴀʟʟʏ ᴛᴏ ɴᴏ ᴀᴠᴀɪʟ. Eᴠᴇɴ ɢʜᴏsᴛs ᴇᴠᴇɴᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ ᴍᴏᴠᴇ ᴏɴ.
Tʜᴇ ғᴇᴍɪɴɪɴᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴs ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴀsᴄᴜʟɪɴᴇ. Sʜᴇ ɪs ᴛʜᴇ Hᴏʟʏ Gʀᴀɪʟ. Tʜᴇ ᴍᴀɴ ᴡʜᴏ sᴇᴇs ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ ᴀs ᴡᴇᴀᴋɴᴇss ɪs sᴇᴇɪɴɢ ʜɪs ʀᴇғʟᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. Yᴇᴛ, ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs sᴇʟғ-ᴅᴏᴜʙᴛ ɪɴ ɴᴀʀᴄɪssɪsᴍ, ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ᴀʟsᴏ ᴘsʏᴄʜᴏᴘᴀᴛʜʏ ɪɴ ᴇᴍᴘᴀᴛʜʏ. Dᴜᴀʟɪᴛʏ ᴇxɪsᴛs ᴡɪᴛʜɪɴ ᴜs ᴀʟʟ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴇ sʜᴏᴡ ɪᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ.
Sʜᴇ ᴅᴏᴇsɴ’ᴛ ʀᴇᴍᴇᴍʙᴇʀ ɪᴛ ɴᴏᴡ, ʙᴜᴛ sʜᴇ’s sᴜʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴇɴ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴘᴜʀᴇ. Wᴇɪɢʜɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ʜᴇᴀᴠʏ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ, sᴏᴍᴇ ᴛʜɪɴɢs ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴ ᴜɴᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇᴅ, ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀɢᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴇs ᴡᴏɴᴅᴇʀ, ᴀɴᴅ sʜᴇ’s ʙᴇɢɪɴɴɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ғᴇᴇʟ ᴀ ᴛʜᴀᴡ. Sʜᴇ ᴅʀᴇᴀᴍs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴜᴛᴜʀᴇ, ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏʀʏ ɢᴏᴇs ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴇʀᴇ, ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴏᴡ ɪᴛ ᴇɴᴅs.