“Each Song Has a Story” (Part 3 – Don’t Lose Hope)

ImageThis song arguably has a deeper meaning than any of the other songs on the album. This song was written on 12/8/09. These are the original lyrics:

“HOPE”

I’ve got a few letters since this whole thing began
They’re from a little girl who said she was my biggest fan
And the honesty she has in her eyes
They could make a grown man want to cry
And I knew that she believed that I was gonna be a star one day

There was a time I thought about throwing in the towel
And all my little problems just seemed to get me down
But those words that the young girl said
They never seemed to leave my head
And I know I think about her almost every single day

She said, “If you swing enough you’ll land a few punches,
And if you try enough, you’re bound to hit something,
Maybe you’re looking at a great big mountain,
Maybe you’re missing better things all around you,
You’ll never know if you don’t keep trying
You’ll never grow if you don’t keep fighting
All I know,
Is you can’t lose hope
You can’t lose hope”

There are tons of different dreamers living all across the world
And there are tons of disbelievers saying you can’t have what’s yours
But if you keep these words in mind
I know that very soon you’ll find
That you can do anything, and you can be anything

(Chorus)

And there are so many ways
That they can try to bring you down
But know yourself
And stand your ground

(Chorus)

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So the song was written after I received a letter from one of my “biggest fans”. Her name is Melissa and she has various health problems THAT SHE TELLS ME ABOUT REGULARLY… ;-P (Anyone who knows me knows how queasy I get… I could never be a doctor…) The thing is, she was one of the first people to believe in me… and she still does and I’ll never forget to be thankful for her. (I’m pretty sure that my 2nd or 3rd biggest fan base is in Phoenix because she moved there and converted all of her coworkers into fans. 😀 And her coworkers are all hotties!!!)

Here’s the thing about her that really impresses me. With all of her various health problems, she “qualified” (I don’t know the terminology… so don’t hate on me…) for the “Make-A-Wish Foundation”. Most people know them, because they take really sick kids/adults and give them a wish like meeting a huge celebrity or going to a baseball game etc…. She told me once what hers was, but I don’t remember it now. (Should’ve been that she wished that I’d be a huge star… pbbbbbfffffffftttttt…) I think the most amazing part of the story is that she now WORKS for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in their Phoenix branch. That alone is inspiring to me. (My mom wants them to adopt this song…. jussayin… your move, Make-A-Wish. :-P)

Now, people know that I have had various health problems. I had tubes 4 times because of ear problems, and I still have problems hearing. (Which is very frustrating sometimes…) My mom learned sign language on the Doctor’s advice that I might lose much of my hearing. I’ve got some mental health issues that run in my family like ADHD and bipolar disorder which make things very difficult at times. I tore my ACL,MCL, and Meniscus in college, making it so that I can’t run/work out like I used to. Anyone who has seen me sneeze, knows that my allergies are ridiculously bad… and most recently, I’ve found that I need to have my tonsils removed because of regular tonsillitis. (4 times in less than a year… and that’s just this year!) While these problems are all rather terrible. They aren’t necessarily life threatening. The fact that someone like Melissa found hope in my music absolutely astonishes me and I’m so humbled by it.

Well, my good friend, Jeremy Rubolino, regularly pushes me to get better at songwriting, and gives me critical feedback when I ask for it. He suggested opening up the conversation on this song, and after a few rewrites, it became what it is today. Here’s my song “Don’t Lose Hope” and I hope you enjoy it and spread it all around! 😀

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Don’t Lose Hope
Written by Josh Damigo
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Jeff Berkley at Berkley Sound
Mastered By Gavin Lurssen and Rueben Cohen

Drums — Brian “Nucci” Cantrell
Bass — Kory McAfee
Guitars — Jeff Berkley
Hammond Organ –Ben Moore
Backing Vocal — Allegra Barley
Vocal — Josh Damigo

Every one has time when they have to face their fears
But they’d rather disappear
And the world can feel so cold
No one seems to care that it’s been a long year

But there’s something that keeps us strong
Cause when all the light is gone
There’s bound to be a better day around the bend

If you swing enough, You’ll land a few punches
If you try enough, you’re bound to hit something
Maybe You’re looking at a great big mountain,
Maybe You’re missing better things all around you
You’ll never know if you don’t keep trying
And you’ll never grow if you don’t keep fighting
All I know, Is you can’t lose hope

Sometimes in your life
It’s like your walking by yourself
And no one stops to help
And no one even knows
The pain within your heart
And you can’t make it stop

But Don’t let them get you down
Stay strong and hold your ground
Cause you can be anything,
Yeah you can do anything

(Chorus)

Everything, Happens for a reason
But don’t lose Heart, Keep on holding on

(Chorus)

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About Josh Damigo

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident, Damigo retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for “Best Acoustic” and “Best Local Recording,” opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, Eric Hutchinson, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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