'Alive' is about always being able to find your true self through accessing your dreams & passions - whether it's finding your self in a dysphoric political landscape or an unhappy job, your essential self is always just beneath the surface, waiting to empower you no matter how unhappy or hopeless you may feel.'
If you've been following my posts about Brett Gleason's Manifest, you know the album and it's songs have been building to a crescendo. Alive, Brett's new single, is certainly the climax to some of the beautifully dark emotions and themes Brett explored and exposed in some of the other albums other tracks. When I last featured Manifest, the skin was raw, with one of my favorite tracks from the album, Expiration Date which explores isolation and loss. With Alive, the skin is wet, washed and fresh with hope that light, and love are not only possible, but also near.
With the current political climate, I know a lot of us are hoping for an awakening, something I couldn't help but think of while I listened to Alive's . The lyrics, 'The Dream is Alive, It had been turned upon it’s head, condemned, assaulted, declared dead: But now we rise!' are powerful words that sum not only what is happening, but also hopefully, where we're headed.
I also couldn't think of better images to sum up this 'rise' than Brett's shoot with New York photographer Ron Amato. I previously featured Ron's work back in 2013 (Into The Woods) and have been really enjoying some of the current theme's he has been exploring including The Box, as well as Ron's uniquely artistic response to #45.