Many From One

Fifty people hear one song and make fifty connections. Music inspires more thoughts than artists imagine when they initially write a song. Joshua James’ music is extremely memorable because he writes about politics in a soulful way. His song Crash This Train was written to provoke deeper thought about our government with lyrics like “it ain’t hard to see that this country ain’t free.”  However, love songs – which I consider to be the polar opposite of political attacks – are the branch off point for most people’s minds because there are so many different ways to love.

“Say something, I’m giving up on you.” – Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera


This one line could be interpreted as a threat of leaving if the person doesn’t get their act together; or a cry for help because you don’t really want to give up on them but they are giving you no choice. You could be feeling this towards a lover, parent or sibling. No two people are going to be under the same circumstance and mindset while listening to this so you are destined to have multiple interpretations. I believe the music video encapsulates this idea of the song meaning more than meets the eye ear. The video includes unconnected people of all ages at a single moment in their lives. These moments range from a little girl wrapped up in her blankets in her bed to an old man kissing his wife goodbye beside her hospital bed.

“Give me love like never before / Cause lately I’ve been craving more.” – Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran


Maybe it’s just me but words immediately sparks some sort of imagery or story line. With this line, I see a neglected child maybe not neglected out of malice or contempt but just an inability to provide everything this child needs. This music video follows a young girl’s life as Cupid. If I had the opportunity to create my own video, there would be three families with one child in each. The first family would be well-off but the father would be an alcoholic – not abusive but detached. The second would be have a loving single mom who has to work 24/7 in order to provide shelter and nourishment but can’t provide the nurturing the child yearns. The third would be a middle-class family with two parents who enjoy working 24/7 and believe that since their child lives a charmed life, he doesn’t need their undivided attention. In the end, all of the kids would go to the same school, see each other and recognize one another’s emptiness without addressing it.

That’s how that one line inspires me. What do you see? What do you feel?


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