When you’re a kid getting pulled back and forth during a messy divorce, there are certain songs that will continue to haunt you.
Ronnie Hammond’s soulful vocals punctuated an era of my life that was defined by heartache, fights, and a distinct lack of sleep (not by choice, unfortunately). My parents divorced in 1997, just as I was emerging from the hell-on-earth that was middle school and into a completely new environment with new friends and challenges.
ARS is probably my dad’s favorite band, and he drowned himself in those lyrics more times that I’m comfortable remembering. “Angel”, in particular, was his theme song for the divorce–wondering what happened to make everything go so wrong. In hindsight, I could tell the story from an objective position, but I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s hard to remember those times, both in a good and in a bad way, but the music is always there. The music tells the story so I don’t have to.