I got into a songwriting mode yesterday morning, thanks to an empty house and an acoustic guitar with the capo up the neck, making my guitar sound a bit mandolin-ish. This song’s lyrics revolve around those people we don’t really know, but whose presence is a regular in our social media feeds. They flash by, with stories and sharing. Sometimes, with joy. Sometimes, with sadness.
The second and third verses of the song captures this piece of online interactions:
Sometimes it gets lonely
living on the screen
It’s easy to fall apart
when no one hears you scream
I’m send out a lifeline
A song with just a voice
To let you know the world exists
and you have a choice
Even if we don’t “know them,” we can still sort of know them, right? Right?
The theme of the song — You Are Heard Out Here — connects to thinking I’ve been doing in EL30 and UnboundEq recently around identity and online presence, and the ways we can and cannot connect to one another, and whether there is meaning in those connections that we do make. I am an optimist. I say, yes, there is connection and meaning and caring.
We all want to be heard.
And if not us, then who?
Thanks for taking the time to listen.
Peace (in the knowing you),