Editor’s Note: We’re trying this again. Getting 30 artists to answer the same question. For the month of September–one for each day–we’ll be getting 30 Lubbock-West Texas singer-songwriters to answer the following question. For the complete list of September answers, click here.
Is there a song that you’ve written that you find yourself singing with your eyes closed more often than not when performed live? Why?
“Honestly, I keep my eyes closed a little too much. It’s become a habit that I’ve tried to break. It’s a pretty easy escape. HOWEVER, there are a couple of songs that when I sink in to, I can’t help but find my eyes closed. “Give It Time” is like that. It’s kind of a song about heartbreak and rebirth. Singing that song used to be kind of tough…forced to rehash the reasons for writing it and it’s not necessarily a happy song, but now I find it cathartic. My eyes are always closed when I sing it. It’s an “end of an era” song. Another song that seems to keep my eyes closed is a new song called, “Hello Sunshine.” It’s one of those where every word rings true for me. It means a lot to me. I can tell it’s going to be one of my favorites to play with the band. I’ve only played it acoustic. It’s pretty special to me. The song is more or less about rising above faults, allowing yourself to drop your guard, and how just a little light at the end of the tunnel can turn things around. My eyes stay closed, I’ve noticed. I just kind of sink it and let it consume me. I’ve found there are some songs and some instances when you just kind of have to close your eyes.”
—Ross Cooper, singer-songwriter