Recently stumbling upon the works of a relatively unknown recording artist who seems to be flying way under the radar, I was moved to write about one of the most significant songs I’ve heard in a long time, a real gem, named “Someone Who Can Change.”
This curiously prophetic composition sparks intrigue right from start with “You can shout about morality… I only care about humanity…” soon unfolding into a deep, insightful ballad perfectly embodying the zeitgeist of our times, one that seems eternally trapped in an era of disinformation. While revealing the possible culprits of the underlying problem “Everyone it seems is only looking for the words of what they want to hear and say is true, echoing another voice of someone who is paid to tell them how to feel and think, and what to do… Believing every word they’re told as if they’re really facts without the evidence or signs to prove, never really knowing…” the writer seems to simultaneously ask the listener to consider a change of heart when it comes to receiving and processing all that information, and to question who the source may be of what they’re seeing and hearing. Rolling into the next verse comes the foretelling phrase “If we could face our own reality, before we all become mortalities…” obviously referring to the fact of how by “not looking” at the truth of what’s going on in the world around us, we could all end up heading down that dangerous and perilous path towards our own extinction.
With its enduring melody, profound lyrics and subtly unassuming vocals, we’re taken to a place where critical thinking matters, and living inside your own fantasy, blinds you into a form of insanity. This is emphasized by the poetically amusing verse “you can live inside a fantasy and never see your own insanity.” Other notable lines include “you can tell me how it used to be, what good is that if that’s now history…” referring to those who believe the past was much better, and who continually express the sentiment “why can’t we just go back to the old days and return to the way it was…”
As the song exhales its last hopes, we’re led into the future, where someday we realize that we’ve grown into a different person, one who now reflects on the past in a positive way and knows we are much better for it, as so poignantly articulated in the closing verse “maybe later we can look behind, and see our versions of another time, to find ourselves as someone who has changed.”
There is an undeniable depth to this music, rarely found in today’s songs. Between an exquisite arrangement, meaningful words and a sincere voice to deliver the message, the song works on so many levels, almost sounding as a sole anthem for the age of disinformation, leading us to the final punchline that lends one possible answer… “try to be a someone, who can change.”
You won’t be wasting your time listening to this thoughtfully composed tune that is sure to be around for a long time… or at least as long as civilization exists.
“Someone Who Can Change” also titled as“(try to be a) Someone Who Can Change” can be found on most of the popular music platforms and streaming services under the artist “Mystic Levello” along with a few other hidden treasures in this artist’s repertoire.
T. Winfield, Times Are Changing.