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Review: "hard to love" - Makena




Makena releases reflective track “hard to love” about feeling unlovable. Makena delves into the depths of her emotions, offering listeners a window into her personal journey of self-discovery and the complexities of love. This song meticulously captures the challenges faced during one’s twenties. A lot of new people enter your life, but not everyone stays for the long haul. Some are here for a season; some a reason; some a lifetime; some a fleeting moment. The departing of a person you thought you had a connection with makes it difficult to navigate the desires and expectations of maintaining a lasting connection. In today’s ever-changing world, people are so accessible that we create lifelong relationships in our mind from the first crossing path. We expect people to stay because we know we’d do it for them. These quick blips of attachment can make us ponder the unthinkable… am I unlovable? Although it hurts your heart each time a stranger chooses not to set up camp in your soul, you are not hard to love. In your 20’s, the relationship that is most valuable to water is the one from within. People will come. People will go. The right people will enter your life when they’re meant to, and the one’s who are momentary were never meant to be in it in the first place. Makena fearlessly tackles the intrusive thoughts and negative self-perceptions that we all face in “hard to love.”






“hard to love” is an early 2000s nostalgic, moody single that we can all relate to. Makena's musical versatility really shines through in "hard to love." She seamlessly merges pop, rock, and singer-songwriter elements to create a unique sound that resonates deeply with listeners. She uses introspective lyrics to touch on a subject a lot of us are afraid to think about for too long. Her soulful melodies result in an honest, deep musical experience. She has an ability to authentically connect with her audience through her enchanting vocals and heartfelt lyrics. “hard to love” was crafted in Makena’s cozy LA studio apartment, and it’s like a sleepover with your best friend, a bottle of wine, and your deepest darkest secrets.



Makena is a talented singer/songwriter who is making a name for herself in the music industry. The rising star expresses her life experience with her various genres and transparent hooks. She draws influence from Olivia O’Brien, Fletcher, and Taylor Swift. Makena offers a vulnerable, candid edge to the pop scene. She grew up in Denver, CO, and she began performing at just 4-years-old. Makena began writing music shortly thereafter, and she continues to experiment with different genres and styles, creating fusions unlike anyone else. “hard to love” promises to transport listeners to a nostalgic era while addressing contemporary themes of self-acceptance and the intricacies of human connections. Makena invites music enthusiasts to immerse themselves in her captivating world of emotive storytelling, so stream "hard to love," and jump in head first!


Written By Grace Chapman



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