By Charlie Maybee
Indie rock musician, Yoshi Flower, is back with a cover of Juice WRLD’s “Wishing Well” which also acts as the first single off their upcoming EP. Taking an unplugged approach, he highlights the more tender notes of the song to honor the late musicians passing.
At the time Juice WRLD passed, I was struggling with my own battles with drug addiction. I was so saddened by his passing” Yoshi notes, “I simultaneously saw it as a catalyst for my own attempt to really try to live. He was such a bright light, someone who gave us hope and inspiration, to see him and others like him pass again and again is more than heartbreaking”.
To say the song is beautifully rendered is an understatement. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Post Malone, the raw power of his vocals takes it to new heights while keeping true to the spirit of the original. There is a deep sadness that seeps through the vocals during the chorus as he cries out, “Waiting for the exhale / I toss my pain with my wishes in the wishing well”. The level of resignation that comes across is potent and reflects the doubled pain of losing an idol while also struggling with addiction.
“His tale is more common than discussed and it was the last straw for me. This cover of Wishing Well, and the other songs coming, are my attempt to pass on the healing. I’ve been in recovery for over a year, and now with my second chance I would love to stand with the message of life…however imperfect it may be it’s still worth living”.
“Wishing Well” is available now on major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture 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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