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Singled Out: Big Top Heartbreak's My Breath Killed The Roses

10/16/2016
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Big Top Heartbreak

Big Top Heartbreak's new album "Deadbeat Ballads" is being released today (Oct 17) and to celebrate we asked Scott Lavene to tell us about the single "My Breath Killed The Roses". Here is the story:

In 2013 I spent six months in a house for the bewildered. The previous five years I'd not really been a functioning member of society and I certainly hadn't played any music. To me, writing songs and playing had always been the point of my existence and when I became unable to do that anymore I fell in a hole and stayed there.

When I left the modern day loony bin I began volunteering at a local arts charity who ran workshops for recovering addicts and anyone with mental health problems. I sat at the back at played guitar at first, terrified. Clear minded, I started writing songs, free from any pressure. They were good. The old hunger and venom came back and I just kept writing. I played them in public for the first time in seven years and it was obvious from the reception that I was on to something.

'My Breath Killed The Roses' was one of the first I wrote. A cathartic cleanse and a bridge from the dark past into an unknown I was happy to receive. The song was recorded the song for the album with a full band but I decided on a stripped down live version as a promo video with just myself and my violinist. The song sounds great in all forms which is the mark of a good song, to me.

The b-side was also one of the first 'A Bike And A Bell' is a tender waltz. I write the best songs about love when I'm single and this was one of them. I'm very proud of it. Almost too good for a b-side.

Making this debut album has been a turbulent and meandering journey but it's the best thing I've ever done. Until the next album.

The Big Top Heartbreak ride has started. And I'm not getting off.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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