Joel B. New's "Beautiful, Sleeping Giant"
There are songs you write for others and there are songs you write for yourself. "Beautiful, Sleeping Giant" is of the latter. However, it was initially prompted by a friend wanting me to write a song about how great New York is. My relationship with the city that allegedly never sleeps is complicated. It sustains me and it scares me, all the time. When I feel scared, I want my mom to make it all better. And so that's where the maternal and fairy tale imagery came from.
I wrote this on my mom's acoustic guitar a few months after she passed away. Ben Roseberry's performance is a living tribute to this beautiful person who, while very human, made the giants look a little more conquerable. In a few years, I hope I can do the same.