Soak feat. Gemma Doherty – I’m Alive

To be honest, I don’t often listen to song lyrics. I like a song when I like the whole package: instruments, rhythm, voice, melody… all of the elements that make the song at first listen. But one way or another, for me the lyrics come at a later stage (if at all).

Don’t ask me why, but that’s all different with spoken word songs. These appear to draw my attention directly to the lyrics. You want examples? Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann, for instance. Or Car Radio by Twenty One Pilots. And now, there’s this new one…

I’m Alive is a collaboration between Soak (Northern Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson) and Gemma Doherty (of alt-pop duo Saint Sister). It’s based upon a poem written and performed by Monds-Watson, with gentle and gripping backing instrumentals provided by Doherty.

The collaboration was overseen by Irish photographer Ellius Grace, who also directed the accompanying short film. He explains: “I’m Alive is a short film about being mindful of the small joys and blessings around you. It’s about slowing down and taking stock of the things that often go unnoticed. (…) I hope to remind you of the beautiful experiences that anyone can have no matter their situation.”

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