There was a lot that was right about the song. Jes has a naturally enjoyable sound, and it's a great base to build on. I see her making strides to figure out how to grow and grasp how to take an innate talent and put the work in it takes to develop that raw talent into a crafted career.
As for Nick. . .well, as Keith Naftaly said: we just are not sure yet. So far he is a lot of sizzle, and not much steak. He, too, has natural musical gifts and instincts, but his ego is making it hard for him to really listen and learn so that he can build on his strengths and become even more of a contender. Herein lies one of the great paradoxes of being a songwriter: you must have enough ego to be tenacious and indefatigable, but you also have to be humble enough to acknowledge you can always learn. If you do not continue to learn, you grow stagnant, and that can cripple even the most gifted and accomplished writer, because without listening you stop growing. And when you stop growing in an industry that is as constantly changing as popular music, you become outdated before you know it. What gives me faith in Nick still, is that he does seem to listen in his co-writes and is a surprisingly easy partner to work with. If he could put some depth and some personal experience in his lyrics, it would really help his cause. His distance and inherent anger cause his writing to be unemotional and it does not move people, as evidenced by his empty guitar case on the promenade. I like Nick. I know he has his issues and a hard luck story coming into the show. It's clear he has been hurt and is very guarded. I can relate to him because I was on my own at 15 with my own version of the same story. I was lucky that I learned that the more honest I was with an audience, and the more I shared with people, the more I was rewarded for it. Being honest in songs made me feel less alone, gave me a secure feeling, and also became a great living for me. I hope the same for Nick. We are all drawn to music because it heals us - if we let it.
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