What life is about came as a result of a finger picking song which always, kind of, gives me a family feel. My dad used to play a lot of classical guitar - finger picking when I was young.
There was a line as I was just, kind of, saying out the lines as I was finger picking I hit the “you know you know this, so get up and shout. That’s what life is about” and from there I just knew that was the hook of the song that was going to allow me to tell a story and always bring it back to the main point.
One of the things that, as I wrote it, it wasn’t always in the same order as it is here. But I try to go through a progression where we begin life at some point - we don’t really know when that is - and then we try to go through life and things happen and we try to do what is going to make us happy, is going to make us be fulfilled, go towards the dreams. But there’s only so much we can do if we don’t make the decisions to send us in that direction.
The second verse I, kind of, go through the idea that most of us want to be around people, we want to have relationships, we want to have that feeling of connectedness to the rest of society or at least certain people and, a lot of times, we end up hurting each other.
The only reason we can keep making is we have to forgive - you know what I mean? Like people can hurt us very hard core and we just have to forgive it if we want to continue having those relationships.
We all see the world from our perspective. No one else shares the same perspective that each one of us do, because they haven’t had our experiences.
They may have been there for a lot of the experiences, but they didn’t have those experiences. So you - we all - build our own world model and that’s what really separates us from each other, is the fact that I’m a unique perspective that knows that I exist - and that is what life is about.
Listen is a song that went through various versions before it ended up being what it finally became. But, one of the things about it, for me, was that it was my song that was just going to be about, like, just waking up.
Like, we’re all walking around as zombies and we’re just listening to what the news and the media and everybody else is just telling us, all these truths - whether it’s the past, the history, the way we’re educated.
It’s just ridiculous and we don’t really know what to believe or what not to believe… are there conspiracies? Is everything legit? No, it’s probably the middle of the road.
But, the bottom line is, that we need to think about those things and not just walk through life asleep.
So, in this song, I was really trying an attempt of just bringing that to your attention and remembering that just logically, if you look at everything, there’s something else going on.
So, the first verse is, basically, going through the fact that, yeah, we’re using a lot of resources on this planet, but we’re also building a lot of technology that could possibly allow us to leave the planet, eventually, when we need to.
But, in the meantime, allow us all to live - you can call it however you want to be it - but more leisurely, more pleasurable lives then if we had to spend the whole thing hunting and gathering and trying to gather food.
But, because of ignorance and greed, we can’t all just, at least, have a better life. It still has to be this ridiculous system.