The Hero Dies is about several things. First, and most importantly, it’s about Carol, my grandmother, who passed away last year. I dedicate this project to her life and the beautiful memories we’ve shared together. The album cover was taken in her backyard in Arkansas—I jumped a fence and found the best angle to get that shot, not knowing then that it would end up being a cover to an album.

There’s also a song here, titled Carol, that was recorded in the last few days of her life. We were all pulling for her, hoping she’d bounce back, and I did my best to capture that emotion of uncertainty.

The Hero Dies is also about a warrior, or a writer, or someone attempting to change the world. It could be about me—if you’re focusing on the personal aspects of the songs—but I prefer to look at the concepts and the message as an actual superhero, flying through action scenes against a villain, and ultimately, he doesn’t make it.

It’s a big metaphor to say that we’re all battling something. Whether it’s addictions, unhappiness, or like my grandmother: battling for your life—these stories were written to help you reflect on your own journey. Control what you can control, and find peace in the things you can’t.

Rose Was Born November 12th. We Just Bought a House. Doing a Lot of Remodeling. Turned 35 a Few Months Ago, Reflected on That Point of My Life. We Now Have a Husky. Last Updated: December 1st, 2021.

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