Music, as they say, is the universal language—and when it comes together just so, that music can speak to your soul.
UK singer James Blunt’s recent release “Monsters” is doing just that, to the tune of 1M+ views in just two days on the song’s emotional music video.
The song is inspired by Blunt’s father, Charles Blount, who the singer recently revealed is gravely ill as he battles chronic kidney disease. He said his dad needs a kidney transplant very soon—or the disease will claim his life.
And while the lyrics to the song, which was released in October of 2019, are poignant, it’s the powerful video that has millions across the globe breaking down.
In it, we see a head-and-shoulders shot of Blunt as he grows increasingly emotional, fighting back tears that fill his eyes heartbroken eyes.
When the camera shot widens near the end of the song, we see why: his dying father has been sitting right beside him the entire time.
The chorus of the song touches on the shifting parent/child dynamic as each grows older—a shared human experience so many of us struggle to navigate at some point of our lives:
I’m not your son, you’re not my father
We’re just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you’re sleeping, I’ll try to make you proud
So daddy, won’t you just close your eyes?
Don’t be afraid, it’s my turn
To chase the monsters away
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Monsters is a eulogy to my father – except he’s still alive and kicking. But he’s not been well – his kidneys are functioning at just 11%. And with that realisation, I needed to tell him that, to me, he’s more than just a father. He’s my friend too, and that I love him.
Count us among the millions whose hearts have been touched by this heartbreakingly beautiful work of art—and are praying for a miracle for this father and son.