A Day in the Life: Social Distancing with Pressure

One day in my life! Well now the days that have been for the last year have not been like any other days in my life. But if you think about it, every day and every situation is unique. These hard times have been tough for a musician, but you must try to use the hard times as well as you can. At the end of your day you have to decide your own fate. Many people can try to help you and some people may lay down hurdles before you, but in the end you have to be strong in yourself.

I am a story metal songwriter. I collect stories from my own life and from others around me. There have been a lot of stories to collect, both full of happiness and hard times during the pandemic. I have listened to a lot of people talking about how they struggle with their work, with their friends and relatives and just how important that being close to your loved ones really is. I say that it’s important to dare to live life if you want to write about life. All my songs that I write are based upon true stories, experiences and emotions. This has taken me to many different places and situations. I want to tell you about one in particular.

Once I was out walking; it was quite late at night. I usually go for a walk during the evening or by night just to clear my head before practicing my guitar or writing songs. This night I walked and watched how the moonlight and the street lights reflected on my shadow. The shadow was like a person walking with me; sometimes behind me, and sometimes in front of me. Always keeping me safe... and that’s when it hit me. My shadow is my representation of my guardian angel. The Shadow is always around, always with you and doesn’t care who you are or what you did. Your shadow is your comfort and your protection for the world. As I thought of this I started noticing my steps and both melody and beat came to me. This was the birth of the song “The Shadow”.

When I came back home, I had to write it down and I made the whole song in no time at all. I recorded a draft of it, with all instruments and all vocals in under three hours. After I did this, I was so exhausted that I just kind of fell back into my couch and had to rest for a while. But after this day, I have always felt safe and supported. I have my Shadow, and the Shadow is always around.

While practicing social distancing, listen to our latest song, "The Shadow":