It's called "Movin On", and it's basically about change. But the kind of change where you lose someone. Or someone loses you.
It's written a lot for my Dad, who is very ill currently, and it's not the kind of thing you get better from.
It's written for a friend, who unexpectedly died at 38.
It's written for you, if you ever lost anyone. If you have ever had a marriage end. If you've ever watched someone change before your eyes into someone else, and then move away from you.
I guess I made that sound pretty depressing - but it's really acceptance, and celebration of the fact that everything changes, and everything will keep doing that - there is no way to stop it. The only way to eliminate that pain is to get used to change itself, and develop some kind of acceptance for it, and even find the good or the positives in the change that you're struggling with.
"Pain happens - suffering is optional"
You can't fight change, you can't stop it, but you can love it, and recognize that it is the very color, grit, and beauty in life, and it's here for you, not to spite you.
I'm donating all sales
The single should be available on all the streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) on May 18th.
It will be available for purchase before that, and here's why:
Since the original inspiration for this song, for me, was the situation with my Dad, I will donate every penny from every sale for the first year to The AFTD, which is doing research, helping families affected with the condition, etc.
So if you purchase it on Bandcamp, or CDBaby, I'll shoot that money straight over to The AFTD, where they'll apply it to improving the lives of people who are affected, either through support, research, or moving information.
If you choose BandCamp, you'll be given the option to pay more, if you'd like to make a larger contribution.
What about after the first year? I don't know. Keeping with the spirit of change, and the fact that this song is bigger than one situation, it will mean something different to different people. I might pick a new donation target / organization after a year.
And of course, you'll always be welcome to stream it for free on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. The royalties from those outlets are way less, but I'll get those over to The AFTD as well.
Can you share this post with your social media, friends and family? I'd love to make a significant contribution to The AFTD if possible. If you can't help that way, or even if you can, you can also spread the word a little bit.