The Ballad of Annabelle

Greetings, Selmates. The time has come once again for another musing from the boys and I. With this new post, comes another month of great news. First off, it means we are merely a month away from the kick off of the 2019 RiseUpTV Tour! We hope you are all as stoked as we are. We can’t wait to see all you Selmates once again. Second, we just released the video for Annabelle. The 1st single from the upcoming album, Inexorable. So, if you have not checked it out, head on over to Youtube  or let us know what you think! We had a lot of fun making it. We were blessed to have such amazing people work on it with us, and could not be happier with the outcome.

After watching the video, it’s fairly obvious what the song is about. However, so many times we feel awkward talking about it in depth. Sure, we don’t mind saying this person or that died of an overdose. But are we actually having a conversation? All too often, the answer is no. And that’s where the issues come in. So, this month we are going to give a little bit of insight into what Annabelle is actually about. As well as a few personal tidbits that allowed us to offer help to a world that is too often afraid, or embarrassed to ask for it.

What’s in a name? Annabelle is one of the most personal songs we have ever written as a band. In fact it’s written from dueling perspectives. The spoken word is the perspective and thought process of a person fighting with their addiction on a daily basis. The Verses and Chorus are from the perspective of a friend, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, etc. This person is constantly begging our protagonist to unchain from his or her addictions. To not let the inner demons win. In our version, there is a happy ending. However, too many times, there is no happy ending. There are no end credits. There is no music playing. No house lights to turn on. Too many times, there is only darkness. You feel trapped, alone, and unable to break free from the chains that hold you down.

As a band, we all have friends and loved ones, who have battled addiction at one time or another. Some won their battle. Destroyed their demons and never looked back. Others were not so fortunate. And they are where the heart of this song comes from. We pray no one suffer the fate of losing their battle with addiction. The pain never truly goes away for those left behind. There is always hope.