August 18, 2018:
We met for the first time in a Starbucks on the other side of the ocean. The excitement he had in meeting me for the first time was unreal. I will never forget that initial reaction – the wobble of his head, his large personality! He stood over six feet tall; slender guy with the hipster swag I’ve grown accustomed to in Brooklyn. He had a European accent of sorts; a mixture of Spanish and British English. His hug lingered melting away all of my anxieties. It was like he waited a lifetime for that moment. It almost felt like we’ve actually known each other these past four years. As if the virtual world had no hold on our belief that we would someday cross paths.
I talked about poetry and what I wanted to do with it. He played me a song that he was currently working on (‘Worn Out’ is out today!) It brought me to tears at first listen, which simultaneously signaled his emotions. It was such a special moment. He described poetry as the deaf sister of music because although she is mute, she is able to invoke the same emotion that a G-minor can on the chords of a piano. I could have listened to him speak his passion all day. That’s the power of art. It unites us in incredible ways. It transcends all differences, despite knowing very well that we were, in fact, very different. And somehow, Sully and I knew this four years ago.
Fast forward – Worn Out is out today. Sully speaks about an internal war where either way, it feels like a loss. He opens up with the words “I’ve been asking myself lately what’s the price I’d have to pay to get rid of all the demons that are lying in my chest. But, I don’t know if I really want to let them go.” (Deep!) “It hurts if I stay, it hurts if I leave” and at the end of it all, Sully feels worn out.
Go listen to this tune (Listen here). Close your eyes and focus on the lyrics. Put yourself there. What are you particularly worn out about? Leave a comment and maybe we can create a platform that respects all of our differences and encourages our individual growth.