It’s been a tough week at work. There’s a lot going on and I feel like I’m juggling more balls than I ever have. I could sink under the stress of it all but that’s of use to nobody. Instead, I need to look forward to the light that’s at the end of the tunnel and take on the challenges head on.
Today’s Sonic Breakfast song provides perfect motivation. Gaston Light’s new single, ‘Wake Up And Fight’ is a rallying call for those of us who need an early morning boost. This is the song that’ll have us punching the air as we get out of bed; a positive mantra that today we’re going to achieve and nothing’s going to get in the way of that aim.
Dallas-based artist Jason Corcoran is the man known as Gaston Light. He started writing his new single “Wake Up and Fight” with nothing more than the song title in mind. “It’s taken from a list of Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions,” he explains. “As a song title, it felt ridiculously huge to me. I thought that with such an overtly optimistic sentiment, I might be setting myself up to fail. I wanted to write a self–fulfilling prophecy,” he says. “I wanted to force hope into my life. I wanted a good life, or at least a better one. The song is me telling myself that I have things to be grateful for and to just keep going.”
26 year old Corcoran has a fair few reasons to be grateful and to keep going. He’s now a happily married Dad but it wasn’t always thus. He’s fought drug and alcohol addictions, been on psychiatric wards, spent nights in jail and flitted in and out of treatment centres. There can be no doubt that the path to recovery has been a torturous one for such a young man.
We’ve not all had to fight such extreme demons. But, chatting to friends, colleagues and other regular Sonic Breakfast readers, I realise that we’ve all got things going on in our lives today that might mean we’d rather just stay in bed hiding under the duvet. I can see the attraction. But, today, I am going to ‘wake up and fight’.