By Daniel Warren Hill
I cried while watching this video.
As an older musician whose hopes and dreams for a career in music were schooled on the reality of balancing full time musicianship with family, I strongly empathize with DeHan’s music and the journey he has had and undertaken over two decades.
It took a lot for me to comeback / It took a lot to let it be / It took a lot for me to comeback / It took a lot to set it free / It took a lot for me to comeback / It took a lot for you and me / It took a lot for me to comeback / It took a lot for me to see
With home video appeal highlighting DeHan’s time as the frontman for American Diary and sharing the stage with Angels & Airwaves, All Time Low, and Mayday Parade, the music video for “Comeback Kid” is an anthem that recognizes the difficulty someone faces when making a decision to walk away from something they love. DeHan did just that by walking away from music for a time, even after the success of national touring on the Vans Warped Tour and being featured on Sirius Radio’s Pop Rocks and seen in Alternative Press as well as New Noise Magazine.
“Comeback Kid” is as much the triumphant return of DeHan’s decision to choose life as it is his triumphant return to engaging actively in full time music again. The track begins the journey by describing the lonely hotel room in which he considers suicide as an option before transitioning into the the aggressively optimistic and hopeful chorus reminding us to look inward and around us for all the reminders of what is truly important.
And what if all I want / Is what I’ve always had / And what if all I am / Is who I’ve always been
The music video sums up these connections through featured footage of a recent performance by Ben DeHan at The Recher Theatre in Towson, MD. The audience was filled with fans who have been supporting since the early days, and newcomers to DeHan’s sound, whose pop-punk sensibilities have been elevated into something more atmospheric thanks to string arrangements by collaborator, cellist, and fiance, Lauren White. White and DeHan are scheduled to marry in September of this year in the middle of nearly 100 performance dates together along the east coast and as far west as Chicago.
You can see Ben DeHan and Co. at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA on Sunday July 10 with Heaven Hall, Solace Sovay, and Cherub Tree, along with more live music happening soon, and check out “Comeback Kid” below or find it on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
DeHan hopes his journey is one that will be encourage others to continue to be in pursuit of the goodness of life and love, even in the face of doubt.
If you should happen to be experiencing thoughts about suicide, you can find help by contacting the Suicide Prevention Lifeline website or by calling 1-800-273-8255.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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