When I was in Nashville, I heard a good bit of live music. One of my favorites was a guy named Travis Meadows. He introduced himself by saying that he found songwriting to be a place where he could bleed safely. I think that about writing generally, so I immediately took a liking to him. All through the night, I found myself jotting down things he said and lines from songs he sang. Here are some that really struck me.
- “I’ve been cleaning out a lot of emotional closets lately.”
- “I’m almost at the age where there is less future than there is past.”
- “I’m going to get strong enough not to be ashamed of my old scars.”
- “I don’t know much but I do know love, and that’s enough to one who needs it.”
- “I had a really bad day that lasted for six years.”
- “Reach like you know it’s waiting there.”
- “I’ve found letting go of what you hold dear leaves your heart and arms a little more wide open.”
- “I’m not famous for making wise decisions.”
- “I want to make peace with old ghosts, not piss them off.”
I loved his music. I’m grateful for his words and the example he set for me as someone who is willing to be honest and vulnerable. I hope I’ll have another opportunity to see him perform again soon. If you get to hear him before I do, know that I’m jealous. And let me know what you thought.