Singled Out: Nelo Share The Story Behind 'Hometown'
Do you know those moments when everything you're seeing, feeling, smelling, thinking seems to all work together to form one beautiful, complete picture? When all of your senses seem to be in harmony? That feeling of contentment that follows… That quiet comfort that reassures you and the razor-sharp focus and clarity of mind that makes you feel so very in touch with yourself? The subtle awareness that you enjoy your own thoughts and the moment-to-moment experience of just being alive? I find myself in this state of being from time to time, and it overwhelms me… in a good way. If when it happens I happen to have an instrument close by, I almost always write a song. "Hometown" pays tribute to that special state or "in-touch" world, where I can just "be." That world feels like my own kind of "internal hometown," if you will. And when I'm there, I realize that I really live for those moments.
I grew up in Dallas, TX and have a few very close friends that still live there. Sometimes when I walk up the steps to the house that I grew up in, or sit down in my parents' kitchen, or just walk around my old neighborhood passing my elementary school or some old building that as far as I know has just always been there, the memories flood my mind. And I am instantly thrown into my "internal hometown." It's almost as if life is just one big movie in my mind. So the song talks about that special, crazy, beautifully cinematic world where just being is easy and songs are made as well as my actual hometown where many of my memories were born. It's not surprising that those two worlds so often collide and then mesh to become one. "Hometown" is a celebration of when that collision occurs. It's a celebration of when the movie reel that is my life seems to play without interruption. The song asks you to be strong, bold, and to transcend the things that bring you down.