I’m lucky to have friends from all over the world. The not so good thing about that is being away from them for long periods of time.
Continents Away was written about the moments you get to spend with the people you love, but those moments heightened by the fact you know that you are going to be thousands of miles away from each other.
Living in the Middle East had me experience sense of transience in a more frequent way than I had ever experienced before.
Relationships that are long distance most definitely teach us to seize the moment, but there is also that desire in us to make sure we support each other whilst we are away drawn to whatever it is that steers us in different directions.
I remember losing my gaze in a kaleidoscope my Grandmother use to have and the twisting motion bringing about a new wave of symmetrical colours and patterns.
I wrote this song about celebrating curiosity, especially through the form of travel and the whole notion of things being the same, but different.
Working out in the Middle East gave me that opportunity, to see the world but also meet people from everywhere, and I am happy to have friends that are from all the world.
Whilst there are cultural differences, there are many common values we all share no matter where we are from. Especially in a time where Xenophobia has creeped into the narrative, I wanted to write this song to celebrate the idea of cultures and people from anywhere in the world being able to integrate with each other.
There’s a reference here but it’s not ‘Stranger Things’
The title was inspired by a quote from ‘Mary Poppins’ the musical where she describes the Banks family as an upside down family.
So much of the story of Mary Poppins is about the tension between a Father’s duty to business, working life and his family.
There are plenty of instances where this has been the case in real life where there are complex problems within a family set up that can sometimes end up buried and cause long term resentment.
Lyrically, it is one of the most complicated topics I cover in the album. The idea of disillusionment and how choices can impact any family but how introspection and seeking resolutions with empathy and forgiveness is a way to come to terms with everything.
The story of Mary Poppins has a wonderful arc for Mr. Banks. I wish that arc can be true for life itself as well.