I have a huge respect for up and coming artists who are unafraid to open up their hearts as deeply as Dylan Dunlap does. It shows a level of inner strength that is both inspirational and admirable.
This track looks back at a time when Dunlap was growing up with his father, and carries with it some of the most powerful lyrics that I have heard all week.
“With it, I’m choosing to open up the conversation about toxic masculinity, alcoholism, depression/ anxiety, the diagnosis of my mental health condition, and coping through it all while still allowing room to grieve. My dad took off six years ago this summer and since then, there has been nothing but the craziest updates that could write a soap opera. I feel like this song can finally be my opportunity to share my perseverance into adulthood and my refusal to worry about turning into him any longer. ‘I try so hard to think I’m not my father, I forget about what makes me who I am’ sums up that message in the pre. I think it’s way more effective to sing from a vulnerable place than try to sound/ look like somebody else.”