Happy Hump Day cool kids! I wanted to send a treat your way–blog favorite indie pop crooner Jesse Ruben has recently released a video for his swoon-worthy, starry-eyed, soul-slugging song “This Is Why I Need You”.
A while back, I spoke with the man himself about the story behind this song; “I never, ever thought I’d have to deal with a chronic illness. I guess no one does,” he explained. Slowly, things started to fall apart, and Ruben found himself in the throes of an illness that robbed him of his energy, his memory, and his creativity. “I couldn’t write. That might have been the scariest part. So much of my identity is wrapped up in being a songwriter. I love everything about it. I love being able to create something out of silence. I love writing something that no one else has ever written before,” he said. “I love knowing that my songs get to be a part of people’s lives.”
Finally, after two years, Ruben started to improve. He thought of his girlfriend, who had stayed with him during this terrible time, and overwhelmed by thankfulness for her and for those who helped him get through his ordeal, he picked up his guitar, and wrote “This Is Why I Need You.” “It’s about how big and scary the world can be. It’s about growing up and trying to figure out how to deal with new things. It’s about gratitude, and the people who help you get through the stuff that feels impossible,” he explained. “But for me it is more than that. It is a reminder that I’m still a songwriter.”
Check out the video here: