Jim Ward Releases ‘Half A World Away (Live In Studio)’
The word distance is a double-edged sword, or if you’re a Star Wars fan it’s a double-bladed light saber wielded by Darth Maul. It can either inflict immense pain, or in other cases a source of strength. While one can argue that this has something to do with the person’s internal resolve.
Distance or known by its slightly cooler name “space”, forces an individual into an unfamiliar position. Whether by personal choice or by circumstance, the state of being separated tends to mess with the brain. Slowly pouncing on the need to be sociable, “no man is an island”. It eats away like a termite, leaving holes in the psyche. At the end of the day, you will find yourself on a crossroads. Will you crumble or find your way back? It’s your call.
The same sentiments are shared by Jim Ward’s recent offering entitled “Half A World Away (Live In Studio)” released last March 17th via Dine Alone. Which boasts of 11 songs and runs for approximately 39 minutes 13 seconds. The tracks are the following: “Day By Day”, “Breaking The Broken”, “Blink Twice”, “Broken Songs”, “Collapse”, “I Got A Secret”, “Turquoise Dream”, “Mystery Talks”, “Lines In Sand”, “Hourglass”, and “Paper Fish”. All of which part of livestream streamed last year (2021) the same time as his then solo album “Daggers”. Fun fact, this was broadcast in two locations namely Star City Studios in El Paso and Sydney Australia. Click here to experience it in its full unbridled glory.
When focusing on the songs itself, all 11 of them paint a portrait of the various faces being apart. It ranges from that hunger to be with a significant other as in the tune “Breaking The Broken”. Where we hear the lyrics “On a holday slow-motion sets its pace and it makes me pray for Capricorn’s sweet face. Our lives get tangled up in progress. Falling short on life’s test. When all that matters should be me and you.”. To the extreme emotion of being alone, witnessing yourself shriveling away in “Day By Day.”. The words are as follows “You can’t give up, you can’t give in. We’re gonna get there the hard way. We’re gonna take it day by day and we can fight. We can pray. We can hope. We’re gonna take it day by day.”.
While the album shows the multiple realities of being half a world away. It also gives hope that even though the person or things we desire may seem far away, they are still reachable. Always beyond our grasp, so never lose hope. As long as there is still a day left in the calendar, there is reason to fight and be strong.