Photo: Jessica Amerson
Some of us get to walk through life unbothered by our past embarrassments. Others wake up in a cold sweat recounting numerous emotional punches life has thrown. We are defined by our failures and mistakes, but we are healed by the people who care enough to help us through whatever that struggle may be. This message is conveyed in Chris Jobe’s endearing new video for “Lonely Lives.”
Following Jobe on his precarious New York City adventures, “Lonely Lives” is a metaphor for fighting isolation and trying to let people in. He is wrapped up in chains while carrying a set of balloons spelling “lonely” to create an analogy for how a guarded individual may feel in physical form. He runs from people on the street who, in the end, are just trying to help him understand he is not alone in this life and doesn’t have to fight his battles solo.
Jobe wanted to make sure the video mirrored his purpose behind the song,
“I wrote this song for a friend that put up mad walls after I tried to console them about being embarrassed at party. With that in mind, I wanted to be a walking metaphor in the video… a person who wears a spiky exterior for protection, but one that also makes their ego more fragile and isolated. So, I rocked sharp barbed wire, chains, a blue suit, and giant balloons as I sang and danced in the middle of Manhattan on a Monday. It was fun! No one really cared, except for NYPD in the subway. Whoops, my b!”
“Lonely Lives” emulates the lonesome feeling we have when we chose to hide our emotions. Though the people in your life may try their best to get you laughing again, humiliation is never easy to combat.
Chris Jobe writes, plays, and produces all of his music and creates his own graphic design work. The Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist approaches his music from a sensitive angle and wants to let everyone know that there is strength in showing emotion.