“Looks like summer has finally arrived/ and now the rivers are all running dry”
Man I love me a good horn section. That was the first thing that stood out to me about Mel Bowen’s lovingly crafted track “On The Wrong Side”. If I can direct you to one place in the song worth revisiting again and again, go check out 2:30 or so. There’s a smooth guitar solo that perfectly captures the emotion of this song. So what is that emotion? To me it seems like a cruel irony. “Seems like winter’s getting harder each year” is what immediately follows the summer line I quoted at the top of the article. So it seems to be a damned if you do, damned if you don’t sort of introspection. We hate winter, and it’s coldness, we hate summer and it’s drought inducing heat. We are constantly “on the wrong side” of the proverbial fence, and every time we hop it to the other side, the grass suddenly starts flourishing where we once were.
This irony is how I imagine many of us feel at different points in our lives, I know I have. The solution? Well if I had a good one, I’d be writing self help books and making millions I suppose (of course, even if I had a bad one I could probably do that, *ba dum tss*). But the only thing I’ve ever had help me out of one of those seasons is to stop looking over the fence and try to find any beauty I can underneath my feet. i.e. try to appreciate what’s right in front of me. This is obviously a lot easier said than done. If you liked this track, don’t forget to check out Mel Bowen’s EP “Everyday’s a Holiday’ wherever you get your music.
Another place to find Mel Bowen is on our June TOTD Spotify playlist. You can find that right here.