The Difference - Premiere

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“The Difference” is the second song from my 3-song mini series Chapter 1 - The Truth. It’s a hard-hitting, dramatic, pop track with some hip-hop elements in the production.

The song is about conflict, ego, pride, being right, being wrong, non-apologies, the toxicity of hard feelings, and the ultimate decision to cut ties and walk away.

Contrary to the Alex Abert cover, “The Difference” is written by me:) and co-produced by myself and Frequency.

Listen to "The Difference" below.

"The Difference" premieres August 24th

 photo by Shervin Lainez

photo by Shervin Lainez

Next Friday, I'm releasing my second song from Chapter 1 called "The Difference." It was the first song I wrote on piano when I moved to LA. Each song in this chapter reveals some sort of truth about a particular area in my life. "The Difference" reveals the toxicity in hard feelings and results in cutting ties with a relationship that isn't good for you. I learned that it's ok to have different values, to grow apart and to walk away.

LYRIC REVEAL below:

The Difference

 

I’m the type of person of you ever needed something

I would be there, I would be there

Even if my life was in the thick of it I’d take a second

To prove that I cared, prove that I care

 

Now you call me on the phone

Acting like I did you wrong

Wondering exactly where we stand

But you only wanna keep your pride

Never own up or apologize

And that’s all that it took for me to understand

 

The difference between you and i

Is I would never leave you stranded, left behind

So once it all comes down to the wire

I know I aint perfect, I aint always right

But at least I can own it, at least I tried

I guess that’s the difference between you and I

 

If you’d just admit to what you did then I’d be willing

To do the repair, do the repair

But you just play the victim, take my words and then you twist them

And that shit ain’t fair, that shit ain’t fair

 

So now I’m hanging up the phone

Cause everything we had is gone

Now you know exactly where we stand

If you only wanna keep your pride

Never own up or apologize

There’s only one thing that you need to understand

 

The difference between you and i

Is I would never leave you stranded, left behind

So once it all comes down to the wire

I know I aint perfect, I aint always right

But at least I can own it, at least I tried

I guess that’s the difference between you and I

Truth - Premiere

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I'm starting off Chapter 1 - The Truth with a cover of Alex Ebert's song "Truth." Someone showed me this song a really long time ago and I remember thinking the lyrics were so bizarre. So jarring. I wanted to read them over and over again. Although seemingly ambiguous, I understood their meaning. To me the song is a beautiful anthem about embracing your dark side and allowing it to shine through.

"Tilt my chin back, slit my throat, take a bath in my blood, get to know me" is my favorite lyric. The song is so peculiar, so poetic, and it's something that's really inspired me a lot with my own work. When I happened to hear the song again years later on an episode of Breaking Bad, I could hear it as a hip hop song. I knew I had to make my own version because its message is so powerful and it's a message that I proudly wear. Listen to my rendition of Alex Ebert's "Truth"

Alex Ebert's "Truth"

Chapters

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photo by Shervin Lainez

there was a part of me that was missing a body of work. a concept. a group of songs. until now, i had only been putting out single songs. i miss the body. of art.

Chapters is a new body of art. a group of 3 songs, each with a common theme. Chapters is a new form of roll out. each song will be released individually and only a few weeks apart from each other. when the third song goes up, the entire Chapter will be live.

rather than doing a single, or an EP or an Album (for now), i've decided to do this instead. i created this model because i wanted to do something different. i wanted a body. i wanted to say more. and this where my inspiration lead me. 

Chapter 1 is titled "The Truth" and it's first song will be a cover of Alex Ebert's song "Truth" releasing this Friday, July 27th

it's been too long since I updated this blog. i promise that will change. i'm looking forward to writing and expanding here more with all of you

xx.

D

 

 

 

Enough

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Photo by Shervin Lainez

 

Most of us are normalized to believing that happiness is found in external milestones. It's easy to pin our level of self-worth to accomplishments or material things. Once you have the money, once you have the house, once you have the job, once you lose the weight, once things line up...then you'll be happy. Leaving contentment up to the rolling dice of our circumstances is a sure way to never be satisfied.

Reaching too far into the future will always make us feel as though we don't have all the puzzle pieces together. All life is, is a series of moments strung together. What if we make the intention to be satisfied right now? 

Rather than getting carried away by the wild horses of our thoughts, reach for satisfaction in each moment. Reach for contentment in each moment as it comes. It's a simpler way of grounding ourselves. Being here and now. Intentionally see through the lens of satisfaction.

When I make this my intention, I start to see my life completely differently. It actually feels easier to be happy when you make it a one step process. When I practice this concept, it changes my energy and makes me feel more grateful for little details in my life that I might not have appreciated before. Relaxing into the feeling of being satisfied, allows me to really see the magic in my life.

I listen to a podcast about the law of attraction called Everyday Attraction. (I love this podcast btw, I've learned a lot here.) They touch more on this subject in the episode "The Formula for Happily Ever After." Near the end of the podcast, host Rae Zander encourages you to let today be enough. This part in particular struck a chord for me and maybe it will for you too.

Let today be enough. Let each moment be enough. Let exactly where you are and what you're doing be enough.

Under Construction: Choosing Good Values

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Whenever my life is flipped over like a pancake, I do what I do best. I write. It's spring in New York. My house is under construction, it's a total disaster. Everything is everywhere. It's the perfect time to start my blog on my website. 

Sometimes when things get turned upside down, you see what shakes out of them. What's important. What's not. What sticks, what stays and what's worth keeping around. 

It's evident that the life you create on in the inside is not the same as the life that you create on the outside. When your outside surroundings and circumstances crumble, you're forced to examine what's on the inside.  I'm seeing now, that the foundation to the lives we build are based on values.

I've been reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson (which is hilarious by the way, read it) and I've been meditating on this idea of values and how having good values alters your internal world.

Mark says, "Whether we like it or not, we are always taking an active role in what's occurring to and within us. We are always interpreting the meaning of every moment and every occurrence. We are always choosing the values by which we live and the metrics by which we measure everything that happens to us."

This golden nugget of wisdom dropped on me in a timely fashion. The workers in my house have been ripping out 20 ft. holes in my ceiling, pulling out the insulation and rebuilding the structure of the walls. Dust is covering every surface and my dog Frankie is an anxiety filled train wreck. For whatever reason, I seem to find meaning in everything... and this disruption is no exception.

While my outside world in under construction, so is my inside world. I've been challenging myself to choose good values to build my house upon. To really question what's important and letting what's not, fall...just like the dust from my ceiling.

What do you value? I value having a genuine love for people, connecting with one another, sharing experiences, and inspiring those who need the inspiration. Today I start the blog to express these values, thanks to the random strangers who are currently ripping apart my house. 

Choose good values. Choose good materials to be made of. That shit don't break.

-D