Welcome to episode 3 of Behind the Music, with the story of lyrics, sneak previews, and other exclusive content leading up to the release of Be Bold on May 5th. This week tells of the creation of "Up to You." Enjoy, and please share!
"Up to You" is one of the most difficult and cathartic songs I've ever written. In 2009, after a lifetime of struggle, I finally admitted my truth to the world. "I'm gay." Some people already knew somehow. Some people didn't care, or were wonderfully supportive. And as is sadly the case with most people in similar stories, several of my closest relationships changed for the worst. I spent years trying to "kindle something [you] seem to abhor," trying to save our connection, even though "I hadn't changed a bit." To no avail. Through many hours of counseling, I realized that this expenditure of apparently hopeless energy was not healthy. Slowly, painfully, I began the process of releasing that negativity last year. And now, "it's up to you."
Yours in music,
Behind the Music: the making of Be Bold ("Up to You")
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