Hattie Strong is the name of the song, and as soon as it began, I realized I was about to hear something deeply personal. The music is soft. The beat, methodical. It is the lyrics that take the fore front. Some of the lines are deep and raw; "...crying to the Lord because it's not fair. Lost the one who helped me conquer all my fears," and "the earth is lucky to have known you." It is very clear that he has lost someone who meant the world to him.
It was his Grandmother.
While I don't know her personally, I felt like I got to know a lot about her through his song. Clearly she was huge influence in his life. His support system and cheerleader both professionally and personally. A person who never gave up on him nor let him give up on himself. A woman of great character.
The love Reasons has for his grand mother is palpable, the loss his experiencing is heavy.
That is the unique part of this song. While Reasons is fully grieving the loss of his grandmother, 'Hattie Strong' is also a song of celebration and hope. Celebrating the wonderful woman she was and the impact she had on his life and hope in moving forward and continuing to make her proud.
Robert, I'm sorry for your loss. I think your song is the perfect tribute to your grandmother.
And by the way, I believe she is extremely proud of you!