A wise woman (or maybe it was a man) once wrote "Never believe the things you tell yourself when you are alone and sad."
Alright, confession time: we're not sure someone actually wrote that--it could have been spit out by a computer programmed to come up with clever fortune cookie sayings. And, truth be told, as much as we'd like to pretend we read that in a book, the reality is that it was spotted on Instagram. Or maybe it was Twitter. Or Facebook--it all becomes an endless scroll that we desperately wish we could disconnect from.
Whoever it came from, and wherever it was posted, it was profound, especially for those of us who spend large chunks of every day, week, and month perfecting the art of self-loathing.
Depressingly convinced that you're worthless and wasting valuable oxygen? Mastered the art of self-medicating with booze, pot, and industrial-strength horse tranquilizers?
Take a deep breathe and ease up on yourself, because you're not alone.
That's the message of the video for Mother Mother's "It's Alright".
Found on the band's latest album Dance and Cry, "It's Alright" finds singer Ryan Guldemond (who's been open about his battles with depression and substance abuse) wringing every bit of drama out of lines like "I don't wanna know who I am/'Cause heaven only knows what I find."
Christ knows he's not the only one.
"It's Alright" struck a major nerve after its release as a single, to the point where fans began reaching out to Mother Mother. When it was time to shoot a video, the band returned the favour, contacting those who'd opened up about issues like depression, disability, easting disorders, and the endless struggle to feel like they belong to a world that's not always welcoming. The video features both members of Mother Mother and fans they've helped through some tough times.
Guldemond has explained the clip as follows: "We found there to be a therapeutic value in the words and music that was making impact and helping people get through some hard times. This prompted the idea to make a music video starring real people with real problems. Our message behind this song and video is to advocate talking about one’s problems, or points of shame, guilt, embarrassment, regret etc, to a comforting and non-judgmental source. By doing so, we are better able to separate from our issues and see them".
You can watch "It's Alright" below. Don't forget to take it easy on yourself today.