So often I find myself googling headlines and refreshing my browser for the latest and greatest gossip of the day. I've put many hours of my life into absorbing the headlines of the day to fuel my personal propaganda machine...but that's not what I desire my life to reflect.
My daily existence is designed for something greater than spewing out the lines I've read into the echo-chamber of my social media stream. These songs are a battle cry against my temptation to be engulfed into the meaningless babble that distracts me from living to my fullest.
I don't need no "vocal supply co." to speak for what my life's about."
-Jacob Betts, September 2018
I've never struggled with sharing my opinions; they come out quite loosely. I do struggle, however, with being transparent with my emotions; They're the ones I try to bury. From domestic abuse ('Lori's Song') to selfish pride ('21st'), Volume Two deals with difficult topics that I share in an effort to keep myself in check.
I wrote the opening lines of 'Vagrant' nearly 5 years ago at the end of my first semester of college while in the midst of a deep depression. I felt like my life was on autopilot as I lived through interactions of artificiality trying to conceal the darkness inside. As I sat on the sidewalk, the moon obscured by the artificial glow of the lamppost above, I felt truly alone for the first time in my life. It seemed as if those around me were living fruitful and vibrant lives and I was left deserted in a tide of sorrow. In the midst of this divide, I found a hope that reawakens life; the realization that love is stronger than any fears of doubts that I have. When I feel like I’m on shaky ground, the arms of the greatest love are there to catch me even before I fall. I hope that these songs can offer the same encouragement to those who listen.
This is a project for the hopeless. An opus of love for those who feel alone. A soliloquy of sound for the ears of the secluded."
-Jacob Betts, June 2019
"Oh say, can't we see how life's gonna' be if we don't stop before it's too late? How proudly we hail through our rose colored veil that entitlement makes a land great." - The Breakdown
"Love is stronger than the fears and doubts inside. My homesick heart found refuge in the tide. Love is stronger than the fears and doubts inside. Yeah, I found hope in the midst of the divide." - Vagrant
"As I go forward continuing my vagrant journey, I seek new things to understand - new treasures of wisdom in the deep; I seek the sunken truth." - Revelation
"I'm looking left and right, but both wings are bleeding and neither one will fly while the fists are swinging." - Talk, Inc