I have some bad news. I’m not going to tell you the meaning behind this song. I normally love talking about the inspiration behind my songs but in this case, I’m going to leave it open to interpretation. There’s just too much emotion built into these lyrics to have the meaning of the song be defined by my vision of it only.
I’d love to talk about the music though! Dark Planet began life as an acoustic guitar driven singer-songwriter song. In fact, I never intended for it to be on this album. When I started shifting the direction of the album in a different musical path however, Dark Planet kept coming up as one I wanted to do. I just really believed in this song.
The instrumentation on Dark Planet starts out with many layers of synths and then brings in some electric guitars on the chorus. My friend Alan Romberger who is something of a metal guitarist by nature contributed guitar tracks on the second verse and ensuing choruses. It was fun having him play on the song because his style is very different from my own.
The instrumental bridge on Dark Planet is one of my favorite musical moments on the album. I’m not much of a piano player but I think this turned out really well. As a whole though, I’m not sure this song will ever be anyone’s favorite. One reviewer said it was “too experimental” for their tastes :). I’m not sure I’d call the song experimental but I understand that there’s probably a very specific audience that will appreciate it. And that’s okay! Not every song is meant to be a fan favorite. Hopefully it means something to someone though. I know it does for me.
I actually released Dark Planet as a single a couple months before the album and the single had one of the coolest album covers I’ve ever done. I almost didn’t release it as a single just so I could use the cover for the main album but I didn’t feel like Dark Planet was representative of the overall sound on the album though so I eventually decided against it.
Joe Crow mixed this song and as mentioned earlier, Alan Romberger contributed some of the guitar tracks.
Today I got quite a surprise: You Are Loved is charting on the US Christian radio charts! I know I say this every time I post about the song being added to a radio station but again, thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.
Thank you to WJTL, Home.fm, Radio13, TheBlast:Blender, and any other radio station that might be playing my song. You guys are awesome!
I know what you’ve probably been thinking, there’s just not enough places where you can listen to You Are Loved. Well good news friends, now there is one more! Thanks to TheBlast.fm for adding You Are Loved to their Blender station. Appreciate you showing my little song some radio love!
Need another place to listen to Brave Machine music? Radio13.fm will be playing You Are Loved tonight. As I always, I so very much appreciate the radio stations and fans that are showing this song some love!
What better song to listen to on Valentine’s Day???
WJTL‘s Some Sort of Rock Show has selected their top 60 songs of 2021 and You Are Loved came in at #32! Thanks to John Staffieri of Some Sort of Rock Show and all the listeners for supporting this song!
It has been a really long journey but I am so pleased to say that this first Brave Machine album is finally finished and will be released on October 1st! These seven songs are just the beginning and I hope you come along for the ride. After the album releases, look for a new Instagram channel for Brave Machine where I will be posting Reels about the stories behind these songs!