Award-winning instrumentalist and composer Paul Cardall and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn released a music video this weekend for “I Know It Hurts,” an emotive song with a powerful message.
“Before writing this song, Tyler and I discussed at length the challenges we all feel that result from trauma,” Cardall explains. “In my case, though my heart transplant was a beautifully orchestrated miracle, it was still the grand finale to a lot of years of medical trauma. It triggered anxiety and depression. For everyone who is suffering, not necessarily physically, but because they are different or feel like an outsider, I want to say to them, ‘I know it hurts.’ This song acknowledges that you are not alone. This song validates our feelings in a way that says, ‘keep going, keep fighting, we understand.’”
Glenn adds, “I wanted the lyric and performance of this song to convey a sense of understanding how it feels to get through a trauma or heartache. So much of life for many is the search for a sense of belonging, a sense of self-worth. This song feels more like an acknowledgment of that, and I hope it brings a feeling of being seen and comforted. I hope those in pain from whatever it may be, feel a sense of validation.”
“I Know It Hurts” is from Cardall’s new album The Broken Miracle. More than a colorful collection of 19 emotionally-charged songs, the album is a musical memoir, a personal manifesto that celebrates a life filled with nearly unfathomable tragedy and heady triumph. Learn more about it and listen to the other songs here.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.