Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
On this month’s episode on the Jukebox podcast, I went on a five minute soap-box about how important music is to create change, peace, and promote healthy communities. This evening’s Independent Spotlight artist is doing just that. His name is Seth Balestrieri, he’s a twenty-six year old singer songwriter from Massachusetts. On July 15, he’ll be releasing ‘Our Song (Boston Strong,)’ a track dedicated to those who have struggled in the tragic aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. We’re getting an early listen of the track to take a peek at it.
Balestrieri explained to me that he wrote the song partially from the perspective of someone in the midst of this chaos who may be too young to fully comprehend what is happening. It’s an intriguing perspective to take, perhaps one that we don’t think about as often. Can you imagine how damaging something like the Boston Bombing can be in the life of a young person? It’s heartbreaking to think about, but Balestrieri tackles it elegantly and poignantly.
‘Boston Strong’ is exactly what it needs to be. Eloquent, inspirational, and heartfelt. Beautiful instrumentation and string sections cascade around Balestrieri in a haunting production. His lyrics are honest, his voice, amazing. ‘Remember there is peace in our song,’ he croons over a series of vocal harmonies that seem to create a mountain of triumph over evil. The bombing of the Boston Marathon was an act of pure evil, a disgusting display by one of the most troubled people in our country. This song, however, seems resilient and powerful, rising above both the anger and confusion that must result from this sort of event.
‘Our Song (Boston Strong)’ is a gorgeous piece of work. I love Balestrieri’s effort to reach out to his community and begin to mend some horrific wounds. The independent music community needs more artists like this and this song remains proof that within music, we all can find a level of peace. It’s a healing force stronger than most.