Stairwell Session One: Tomorrow Will Be Kinder

playing guitar - writer's remark

Stairwell Session One: Tomorrow Will Be Kinder

The Sessions

When I went off to college in 2009, I didn’t realize the struggle of being far away from home or making new friends from scratch. I spent some of my first semester feeling lonely and under-distracted (other than my whopping 18 hours of courses because I was an inexperienced freshman). The social challenges were real, so when I returned for my second semester, I returned with a guitar.

I began spending more time in stairwells than my dorm room. It gave me a place to go, learn and be creative. Soon, I had friends from the dorm peeking around corners to hang out with me while I sang. Others would sneak cans with a couple dollar bills through the door next to me. Some would complain because they were napping. You win some, you lose some.

And then, I decided to branch out. I’d play in stairwells of campus buildings after hours (so not to disturb classes). Once I became close to a small group of friends, they would join me in the stairwells, sometimes playing or singing along with me.

Eventually, I found myself playing in the courtyard or a local park. It wasn’t until the end of college that I finally played at an open mic night. Of course, I forgot a verse to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” but again, you win some, you lose some. Hopefully one day, I’ll return to campus and play a show at the best coffeehouse ever, Midnight Oil. (I stand strongly behind their Mr. Blonde shake.)

So now I’m back at it again with the stairwells.

The Song

secret sisters - tomorrow will be kinder

In a time of negativity, division and struggle (not just personally but on a grander scale), I thought Tomorrow Will Be Kinder would send a hopeful message. It acknowledges the pain and hardships, but it also maintains a call for strength throughout.

Black clouds are behind me,  I now can see ahead
Often I wonder why I try, hoping for an end
Sorrow weighs my shoulders down
And trouble haunts my mind
But I know the present will not last
And tomorrow will be kinder
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Tomorrow will be kinder
It’s true, I’ve seen it before
A brighter day is coming my way
Yes, tomorrow will be kinder
˜
Today I’ve cried a many tear
And pain is in my heart
Around me lies a somber scene
I don’t know where to start
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But I feel warmth on my skin
The stars have all aligned
The wind has blown, but now I know
That tomorrow will be kinder
˜
Tomorrow will be kinder
I know, I’ve seen it before
A brighter day is coming my way
Yes, tomorrow will be kinder
˜
A brighter day is coming my way
Yes, tomorrow will be kinder
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Thanks for reading and listening.
Best,
WR
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