Feature: The Anatomy of 'Grieving' with Charlie Gradon

Friday, February 21, 2020

Charlie Gradon's latest single 'Grieving' was born after a string of unfortunate events, including losing an album that he spent over a year working on, the break-up of his band and almost dying after falling off of a balcony. Before his upcoming shows in April, he explores the story behind the track for us below.

I wrote 'Grieving'... when my band had just broken up, and I was recovering from falling off a balcony. It deals with all the feels of unrequited love but also the feeling of relief when you know you are going to be okay.

The story behind ‘Grieving' is… I wanted to write a band break-up song but I wanted it to be relatable for anyone who was experiencing the ending of a meaningful relationship. Most importantly though I wanted to convey the feeling of hopefulness for the future that is essential to moving on.

My favourite lyric is... "I'm leaving and I'm walking home in bare feet, I'm grieving, such a beautiful end to a heavy week.'

It was made… entirely in my bedroom.

My main inspiration was… deafening Sadness. I was also listening to a lot of early Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Sparklehorse at the time.

It sounds best when…  you mix one part perpetual sadness, one part luck, your best pair of headphones and one still evening

Listen to 'Grieving' by Charlie Gradon below:

Live dates:
Friday, April 3rd - The Vanguard, Sydney
Friday, April 10th - The Grace Darling, Melbourne

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