Ben Hughes explores the American Dream with You’re Not Alone
Clocking in at number nine in Hughes’ year-long release project, You’re Not Alone comes from his college senior project. Its lyrics explore themes of societal expectations and inner struggle while the melodies are reminiscent of Wilco or Fountains of Wayne:
Months before graduating, I questioned the proposed promises of happy lives and fulfilled dreams. I presented my concerns about the American Dream, and how it wasn’t adding up.
From the stripped down faux-writing-session intro to the final resolve of You’re Not Alone, I wrote about topics that spoke to me: hardworking overlooked men and women, pressures of school, graduate stresses, End Times, lies and false promises, helping loved ones, belief in reincarnation, pursuit of happiness, broken homes, workaholics, failed relationships and so on….