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This specific song isn't your typical happy-go-lucky pick me up title but it captures a story that is close to home for me, so i feel compelled to share it. This song tells a story of an individual far from home reminiscing about his family.  It follows his ups and downs and how he is overcoming his situation.  When paired with the visual of the music video, we see a revolutionary war soldier in his own coming of age setting. This song isn't as much of a feel good song as it is a song to drive on and take every day one at a time overcoming every single challenge as it is thrown at you. To persist. To Overcome. To become the best version of yourself. My favorite line in this song, and what captures its essence completely is:

 "Man, you wouldn't believe the most amazing things that can come from...some terrible nights".

Roughly six months from now I will embark on a similar journey. I will be leaving overseas for around a year. Away from my family, away from my home, and dropped into a completely different situation I have never before been involved in. This song taps into a lot of the worries that I have, but also gives me hope and makes me realize that each day is always another challenge, but if you wake up and you better yourself everyday, nothing can stop you. You are the only person with complete control over your life. So Take even the worst nights, the tallest hurdles, and your weakest moments and make them your finest hours. Become the strong oak tree that grows once the wildfire is extinguished, and drive on. 

Until next week,

- Jesse

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About the Curator - Jesse Simons

Jesse Simons - Music to Curator

If there is one thing in all of existence that can possibly perk Jesse up more than a fresh dark roast coursing through his veins, it’s philanthropy work. His drive and passion for helping those in need is what he believes refines him the most as a strong, confident character.

Constantly inviting challenges to solve, you’ll be “cold pressed”, (caffeine is clearly essential), to find another person who looks as dashingly good looking in both a freshly pressed suit, and the same pair of sweatpants he’s put off washing from a few too many evenings couch surfing.  

Jesse’s love for all genres of music started when he realized the power of music in the human experience. He believes each musician is the creative equivalent of a tectonic plate fault line. When musicians spread their art into the world, that fault line shifts, sending waves of raw emotion pouring from the track into the individuals absorbing it. Jesse came to the understanding that musicians weren’t just imperative to the human experience, they ARE the human experience.

From that day forward he has done everything in his power to help artists of all backgrounds and sound, spread their craft.