Review by Bobby Green
The utter joy that I find in a song is one of life’s pleasures that I will recall on my deathbed, I embrace each song that I love as though it’s a physical entity and give it the love it deserves. The beauty of music is that the plethora of emotions are endless in the gifts they contain within and with Conor Wards new song Hope you get more than what the title suggests.
The video was shot by the award winning Crude Media in conjunction with Limerick Suicide Watch to raise awareness for mental health and those suffering in silence. To coincide with the release of the song and video, Ward will play three headline shows (Whelan’s, Dolan’s and Garbo’s) in October with all the proceeds going to Pieta House and Limerick Suicide Watch. They are gigs that Conor is very much looking to after been busy gigging the length and breadth of Ireland along with being offered support slots for Hermitage Green, The Stunning as well headlining a show of his own in the iconic Whelan’s.
“Hope”, deals with themes of mental health, anxiety and depression. However, the ultimate message of the song is one of finding hope. Recorded and produced by the excellent Dave Skelton, the result is a poignant yet infectiously catchy indie pop song.
Speaking about the release Conor remarked the importance of it to him personally saying, “I feel when I’m writing, if I’m passionate about the topic, the material flows naturally. At the core of the song is a hope for open dialogue about mental health and breaking the stigma associated with it. The ultimate message is one of hope”.
But as I said at the start of this review, when a message is so beautifully delivered you can’t help but feel love for the song and songwriter and the world certainly needs more love right now.