By Charlie Maybee
California based singer-songwriter, Carl Kammeyer is caught in his feelings about lost love in his new single “Since You Been Gone”.
Primarily driven by the gentle rhythmic strumming of an acoustic guitar against a light drumbeat, this is a song that tries to make sense of a romantic situation that seems to have gotten out of hand. “This song is about love lost” Kammeyer writes, “being rejected by a loved one, not knowing why, and struggling through the pain of separation after the relationship has ended”.
Picking up the pieces after the end of a relationship of any kind is challenging, and here we see Kammeyer trying to figure out exactly what happened and, by extension, what is going to come next. As a mantra, he sings, “It hasn’t been easy since you been gone” through each chorus as a reflection of the difficulties he has faced since being on his own, but there is a hopefulness that still resonates from the upbeat chord progression.
Whether he realizes it or not, “Since You Been Gone” is a moment of reflection that reminds us to take inventory of our past actions and decisions. There is rarely a singular, catch-all answer for why or how things become tattered and fraught between loved ones, but it is good to see him putting in the time to work towards being better than he was. It is unclear whether he will get a chance to “try again” like he hopes in the song, but, hopefully, he will enter the next one with more ease and clarity.
“Since You Been Gone” will be available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Find this single and more new exciting music on our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown Playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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