Long Way Out Wednesday 10: Happy

HappyThis week’s free track is “Happy.” I chose it for this week in honor of National Coming Out Day on October 11th, since coming out is partially what this song is about. It comes from a place of very deep pain, but transforms that despair into a resolution to be true to one’s self and one’s heart. It also addresses the pervasive effect the church’s teachings about sexuality have on individuals, as well as the hypocrisy in what people tolerate vs. what they truly accept.

I hope this song provides some comfort and catharsis for anyone who has struggled with the process of coming out. Life does eventually get better; there are many others who have gone through the same harrowing process, and there are plenty of people who will accept, welcome, and embrace instead of rejecting, ostracizing, or merely tolerating.