My bandmates and I recently were surprised to learn that “Do You Have to See Me Cry?“ is listened to more than we thought on Apple. Maybe it’s because I stash this song away and don’t promote it at all. Or maybe it’s because it’s about family dysfunction of the most profound kind.
I don’t even know how I found it in myself to write it, except that I don’t write songs to grease the musical capitalist machine, nor have I ever.
In fact, not long ago, I wrote a blog post about a little girl who met her death at the hands of her abusive mother, which inspired another song, “Princess,” on a similar subject on the Isabel and The Whispers album.
Indeed, “Do You Have to See Me Cry?” is something of a creative corner of our first album that may never necessarily be explored any further musically, but as they say never say never.
Anyway, I have been moved that my bandmates have joined me many a time on this song on stage, and I particularly admire my guitarist, Octavio’s lyrical playing on this track. It is meaningful to know that listeners are drawn to this song for reasons of their own.