Michael Kerr is a full-time working musician and singer/songwriter from Belfast. Whilst making a living on the local circuit, Michael has been slowly building his portfolio as a singer/songwriter and he really came to the fore following the release of his 2018 EP, 'Treasure Chest'. Since that release, Michael has supported artists such as Steve Earle, John Oates, Hothouse Flowers and he's also been playlisted on local commercial radio stations as well as a play on Radio 1s Introducing. Influenced by the likes of Noel Gallagher, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, his songwriting has evolved to form melody driven songs on a foundation of swelling guitars and heartfelt lyrics. Life Goes On’ will be Michael’s first single release from his upcoming EP due out in 2022.
Life Goes On is a song about grief. One person helpless to do anything while the other is saying there’s nothing else to do other than accept the inevitability of death. It’s the end for one but not the other, life goes on and you have to keep moving knowing that the person that is gone, has given their blessing. Michael says, “the song is an older one I had and I sort of benched it for 5/6 years as I didn’t know what to do with it musically. I knew there was a good song there but I couldn’t place it or know how to best deliver it. When I was pitching songs in New York, it managed to find its way back into my periphery and I gave it to Michael Mormecha to throw some ideas at it. With that and the whole pandemic, it became a meaningful song again and felt right to get it out there. When I wrote the song I was thinking about a story my uncle told me when he visited my grandfather in hospital just before he died. my grandfather was unwell for a while and I think he knew he was ‘goosed’, as he used to say. My uncle said the night before he died he was with him and he determinedly took the oxygen mask off his face and said “its not working, take it away”. Despite my uncle s attempts to force the mask back on him, he realised it was his way of saying I'm ready to go".
The atmospheric piano opening sets the mood for the track. Haunting, deeply introspective and evocative. It affects you whether you like it or not. Raw, heartfelt lyrics loaded with emotions telling an all too familiar situation. The hardest thing is to let go yet those we love are never really gone when we think about them, they're always with us. Michael Kerr puts his heart into this track and shows us how it's done. The song carries an enpowering message to continue to live our lives after a painful event. Our lives are not over so we should do all we can to live our lives to the fullest while we still can.
"My life is done
Put a stone on it and visit me
Say what you need to say then let me be
For my body's gone"
Artwork: Leanne McWilliams