A fantastic, soaring new song that captures the sadness and possibility of life in this world.
Isaac Slade explains the song here. Here’s a snippet:
I went to Breckenridge and wrote by myself in a cabin up there for a while. I brought all of my journals from second grade until now. And I brought a couple big coffee table picture books, my little voice recorder and my guitar and just went up there. I bought a bunch of groceries and kind of holed up in this cabin and wrote a bunch.
One of the songs I wrote up there is called “Scars and Stories.” After reading through a bunch of my old journals and diaries, I was thinking about my marriage and all the relationships that led up to it. It was kind of a road map of how I got to where I am today and how I sort of fell in love with the girl that I’m married to now.
While I was up there one afternoon, I busted out a Norman Rockwell coffee table book and put it up on the piano. It was this really famous painting of his of this boxing match. The scene has the girl in the crowd with a surprised look with her man fallen in the corner and this big huge kind of doofus looking guy [standing over him], kind of looking like ‘What? I didn’t mean to kill him.’ I just set it up on the piano and started playing.
I’d never really done that before, started a song from scratch based on a visual. But I started writing “The Fighter.” I was writing it mainly about the guy wrestling with his doubts. It’s a scary thing to face your doubts, especially in a relationship.
Buy the whole album, “Scars and Stories,” here. The Fray is, to my understanding, Christian.