Our Artist of the Week, The Ones You Forgot, released their EP, “Too Afraid to Say” today. Give the EP a listen and check out what the band has to say track-by-track! Check it out below:
About the Album:
In some way, shape, or form, each song on the EP tells a story of something I was LITERALLY too afraid to say, whether that be to a loved one, someone who hurt me, or even to myself. Even though I wrote the lyrics myself, this collection of songs has taught me that fear is a very normal feeling, and that we all battle it in different ways.
One Step Ahead – is about coming to the realization that a person in your life is toxic. Unfortunately, letting go of said person is often a battle, because it is usually someone you care deeply about, even if they continue to hurt you. I like to think of this song as an anthem for sticking up for yourself, and learning that sometimes it’s just better to let people go, even if it’s tough.
Here Forever – though one of the catchiest songs on the EP, it is also one of the darkest. Here Forever encompasses the notion that you can never be ready for the death of a loved one. The song is all about the fear of losing someone forever, and being worried that you didn’t have enough time to spend with them. The verses of the song are presented as if the person you are afraid to lose is sick or suffering in some way. I wrote this part hypothetically, because I was not going through it myself at that time. However, not long after this song was recorded, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. It was like the song came to life, and it took on a whole new meaning to me. Fortunately, my mom is doing amazing and is almost finished with her treatment. Either way, though everyone handles these types of situations differently, I know this song represents something that everyone may face at some point in life.
Luna – can be considered the first The Ones You Forgot “love song”. It’s about the initial feeling of falling for someone when you least expect it. Sometimes our minds and lives race a mile a minute, tricking us into thinking that “it isn’t the right time” but then “the feels”, as they say, hit you all at once. The littlest of things remind you of that person, you’re smiling all the time, and you catch yourself acting silly in front of them. It’s a fun feeling, but it can be vulnerable as well.
Everywhere, Everything – I wrote this song during a confusing period of my life last year. I was incredibly overwhelmed and almost felt as if I was on autopilot, just trying to get through everything as quickly as possible and with little care. I felt different, and I just couldn’t put my finger on why. During this time, I started watching an anime called Bleach that was popular a few years ago. I found myself relating to the characters transitions and inner battles in life, even if they were far different from my own. Some of the lyrics of this song take on a literal form in the show, but also a mental form in my own mind during that rough time period.
Listen Up – is all about learning that positive changes in life don’t just come to you, you have to make them happen. This song is kind of like a little ‘note to self’, in the sense that I always tried to motivate others to fight through their roadblocks in life, but never fought through my own. Even though the concept seems black and white, the reality of it all is that making changes in life is not simple. I look at the song like “Hey, listen up, Jenna. You don’t like how this is going? Only you can change it, and no, it will not be easy at all.” Of course, there are many uncontrollable factors in life that bring us down, but this refers to the ones that we can control, and they come in all sizes.
Too Afraid To Say – This song is the last track on the EP, and I feel it encompasses every song in the collection. It is about the road to self-acceptance and love, a journey that is an uphill battle, and is incredibly vulnerable. Writing this song was hard, because it reminded me of all the times that I have put myself down. I came to realize that if I kept on doing that, I would be more accepting of receiving pain from other people – like I eventually would believe that anything hurtful or disrespectful that was said about me. I think this song stemmed from my self consciousness in my younger years in response to bullying. Too Afraid To Say is me learning that through all my self-doubt, I was put here for a reason, whatever it may be, and no one can take it from me.