Deciding to completely change your life is not easy, but sometimes it needs to be done. “Pushing Daisies” lets you know you’re not alone.
NYC-based musician Ashley Strongarm sings about the fear that comes with taking a new path in life and the emotional goodbyes necessary before taking it. Born and raised in North Carolina, Strongarm felt pressure to settle down early and become a wife and mother already like many of her friends. Her heart pulled her in a different direction, though. She struggled with finding her new identity, which threw those old expectations out the window and introduced her to a new reality of playing music in dive bars and waking up hungover.
“I wrote ‘Pushing Daisies’ as a way to express the conflicting emotions I felt about this change,” she says. “The birth of my new life meant the death of my old one—I like to think of this song as a funeral for that, I wanted ‘Pushing Daisies’ to have the same sort of dissonance I was experiencing at the time.”
The slow-yet-optimistic melody can be somewhat deceiving. A sweet indie rock beat sweeps you into a romantic vibe. But listen closely to Strongarm’s smooth vocals and you’ll hear a more melancholic story being told. The video follows a blossoming young lady—literally blossoming, her head’s a flower blooming—doing mundane things around NYC. Strongarm sings along in other scenes while she dances to her sorrows.
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