Listening Room: Griffin House - "Live To Be Free"

Sometimes the easiest answer is the best one - just climb in and let's go.
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Sometimes the easiest answer is the best one - just climb in and let's go. That's the best way to sum up this 2006 tune from singer-songwriter Griffin House. It is as simple and beautiful as it is sentimental and earnest.

With a sound that comes from a mix of Ryan Adams, John Mellencamp, and a little Radney Foster "Live To Be Free," the seventh track on his Homecoming CD, sounds like a note left on someone's windshield or tacked on their apartment door. And in that note is the invitation to let go of your fears and just be with me and that's all in the layered, hook-filled chorus:

How could I go the wrong way?
Taking the easy way out
Oh, baby, don't wait for someday
We can live to be free, we can live to be free"

The "what are you waiting for" theme here doesn't feel like an ultimatum(though he calls it "all or nothing" in the second verse) but is more a reasoned plea from the heart. This (the relationship in question here) makes sense because the two people have the chemistry, the commonality, and the rest of whatever is not there the narrartor feels like doesn't outweigh what is there. The verses:

Take your hesitation
You can throw it to the wind
The anticipation is killing me again
Here’s the situation
There’s no easy way around
Whatever you don’t know about me, kid
You and I can figure out"

Well our style of conversation
Shows there's something to reveal
Giving clear communication
In an all or nothing deal

Then, House wraps it up in the last lines of the bridge:

Maybe you can bust of your fear
Taking me out of my own

You see, House knows that in life there are few straight answers and if that's what you are waiting for in a relationship, you are going to miss what's right in front of you. So, drop your guard, we'll figure this thing out together, and let's do this because two heads and hearts are better than one.

Just another song that once again proves you don't have to be a genius or write an opus to strike a chord with people.