Society lacks many things. Solitude and respectable mainstream music are among them. And on April 24th at Terminal 5 New York, New York George Ezra shed a light on that.
Mainstream music is a disappointment but there are a few artists that aren’t so bad. George Ezra being on that list. More popular in Europe than in the states because unfortunately our boy toy is Justin Bieber he creates music that maybe isn’t the most complex and innovative but simple and happy. No auto tune. Just a young well-traveled guy that gives hope to that fact that maybe chivalry isn’t dead.
Creator of his own music which is more than what the most famous of musicians out there can say he makes songs that are light but not juvenile unlike some of his peers – ahem Taylor Swift.
Watching his interviews and hearing what he had to say live I can’t help but think that his maturity and care free attitude have to do with one he’s made his way around the globe. Which on its own has positive effects but also that he does a lot of it by himself. And there is a loud yet quiet beauty about that.
There is always this negative aspect that gets associated with being alone. As if it’s some depravity but really it’s our inability to be comfortable in our aloneness that is soul crushing. Constantly having to be in the presence of other people instead of just being able to experience something on our own.
So there I was at a concert by myself. Standing there observing the amount of people standing there mid conversation with friends eyes on their phone. And in that moment I fell in love with my solitude that much more.
True freedom lies with the content of our aloneness. So we as might as well be happy in it. Embrace it. Learn to be calm in it. Not be scared of it because as hardening as it is the more we cling to each other, we over analyze, gossip and compare eventually resenting one another spiraling ourselves into a depression that we heal with more scrutiny, malignance and spite.
The cycle of knowing that we’re not going to solely find happiness in other people yet keep looking for it in other people has to change. And in changing the world we think on a grander scale. Changing our government’s policies. Charities. But maybe it’s simpler than that. Maybe it starts with going to a concert alone. Maybe instead of dinner with friends a trip to a museum. Maybe instead of another date just sitting at home. Maybe we need more moments in solitary.
Maybe it starts with supporting people like George Ezra who are genuinely happy and transmit that happiness through their art. Generating joy and pleasure giving hope that happiness is obtainable we are just trying to secure it in the wrong manner.