This is going to be the title track on my upcoming album. "Moonshine" is a song about sitting at the side of a middle of nowhere road to decompress when life feels too crowded. Whether it's thoughts, people, stress from work, we all need this from time to time.
My personal inspiration for this song was during a time when it felt like life in my hometown was coming undone. No matter what I tried, few people cared. Unfortunately, the people I saw the most would sing my praises, then completely disregard me when I wasn't in the same room. It started wearing on me when it started seeming like I was respected, yet worthless at the same time. One Thursday night, the night before payday, Natalie (my forever human) and I had enough money to buy 5 cans of beer, sit near the airport (we only drank 3 between the two of us, we still had to get home), and decompress from the crappy feelings our hometown was putting into our spirit.
Since then, I found solace in the story of Wayne Gretzky who had the same thing happen in his hometown. I've taken direction from his story of searching for opportunities in other cities. I don't feel resent or bitterness towards my hometown - and I definitely don't consider myself any kind of "Great One" - don't take me the wrong way, but I do keep this story in mind and I can't argue with the results I've seen.
I didn't include all the details of this story, but if you're facing social adversity and self-worth issues, feel free to reach out.
Chris Strei performing his original song "Moonshine" at The Moonshine Cafe in Oakville, Ontario.
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As this 2019 album gets closer to completion, I've started thinking it would be a neat idea to share an acoustic preview of the songs.