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  • Melina Darlas

"Human Heart" - Elise Hayes

Human emotion is such an overwhelming force, and it can be a beautiful thing when it works in our favor. There will be days where you experience nothing but pure joy, and you live those moments high on that ecstasy. This joy makes life simple and allows us to fully enjoy the positive aspects of our days. Then there will be those periods where you will have to endure raw anguish, and those moments can prove to be fairly challenging. It can be difficult to focus on anything other than the turmoil occurring within us. Elise Hayes expresses this feeling in "Human Heart" where she voices the pain she endures by dealing with the overpowering negative emotions.

The guitar strums and vocals are heavily highlighted in this piece. Elise's vocals are strong yet simultaneously soft, just as the guitar is. Having these two aspects of the song play such a large role makes this melody feel very personal and allows for the lyrics to really be heard. Elise's lyrics really focus on the battle against negative emotion, and she emphasizes the big ideas of this piece with stronger vocals. She especially emphasizes the chorus with lines that include "does anybody else feel like sometimes it's too real" and "damn it's hard having a human heart." It's evident that Elise put her true feelings about this topic in the song, making it easier for listeners to connect with the piece.

Music played a major role in Elise's life growing up, as she was introduced to folk and soul music pretty early on in her life. Artists such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin really spoke to her. She has always felt very inspired by the music she listened to as a child and it helped shaped her music into what it is today. She moved from Boston to Nashville in 2011 to help foster her creativity, and grow her career as an artist. She has written songs for TV shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and Being Mary Jane," and has just recently released her EP Human Heart. As an artist, Elise hopes to spark inspiration in her listeners and to help others foster a love for music just as she did growing up.

Written By Melina Darlas



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