MISERABLE MAN // DAVID KUSHNER

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THERE IS AN IMMEASURABLE AIR OF DESPERATION AND INNATE SADNESS FLOWING THROUGH DAVID KUSHNER’S ODE TO MISERY. “MISERABLE MAN” CONTEMPLATES THE CONFRONTATION AND RECOGNITION OF YEARNING. THIS SONIC EXPOSÈ CREATES AN INTROSPECTION, NOT INTO THE PRESENCE OF A PARTICULAR LOSS, BUT RATHER THE LACK OF JOY IN THE MOVEMENTS OF LIFE. KUSHNER INTENTIONALLY DISSECTS THE EPIDEMIC OF MENTAL HOPELESSNESS AND MELANCHOLY IN THIS LIGHT BALLAD.

DAVID KUSHNER’S LAYERING OF VOCALS EMPHASIZES THE COMMUNITY OF EXPRESSION AS IF TO IMPLY A WELCOMING NOTION TO THOSE WHO FIND THEIR OWN REFLECTION IN HIS SONGWRITING. WHILE OPEN TO INTERPRETATION, THE DEEPLY PERSONAL INSPIRATION OF THE TRACK IS GUARDED BY THE ARTIST’S HEART. THE GENTLE INSTRUMENTAL SUPPORT, HOWEVER, KEEPS A CONTENT RHYTHM, CONTRADICTING THE IMMENSE AUTHENTICITY OF THIS TRACK.

THE YOUNG ARTIST’S INTERNAL INVESTIGATION DELVES INTO THE GROWTH THAT INEVITABLY OCCURS THROUGHOUT THE SINGULAR PASSING DAYS, WHILE THE CHORUS IS INFUSED WITH REPETITION, MIRRORING THE DIALOGUE OF A BLEAK MIND. “ALL WE WANTED WAS A PLACE TO FEEL LIKE HOME / THAT’S WHY WE PARTED FROM OUR WAYS TO HEAL OUR SOULS / I’M A SMALL TOWN MISERABLE MAN / THAT DOES WHAT HE CAN / I’M A SMALL TOWN MISERABLE MAN / THAT DOES WHAT HE CAN / I’M A MISERABLE MAN.”

THE OVERWHELMING SINCERITY OF HONEST MISERY IS EVIDENT, YET IT PROVOKES SOUL SEARCHING AND A SENSE OF SERENITY. WE ARE ALL THE “MISERABLE MAN,” AND MAY WE ALL FIND SOME PEACE IN THAT RESEMBLANCE.  

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