Mental illness doesn’t always only affect the person suffering from the condition — it can be taxing for those around them. Photo Ops mastermind Terry Price unfortunately knows this too well. His father battled symptoms of manic depression and schizophrenia throughout his life, eventually being diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder. In 2011, he passed away from a heart attack.
Price’s hardships didn’t end there. After waking one morning unable to feel one side of his face, he was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. Though he eventually recovered facial movement, it was just another in a series traumatic events for Price. He turned to music as a coping mechanism, which led to release of his 2013 debut, How To Say Goodbye. On February 5th, he’ll return with his equally emotional sophomore LP, Vacation.
The album’s latest single, “I’d Be Dead”, feels particularly cathartic in the context of his life story. “I wanted to yell those words,” Price tells Consequence of Sound of the song’s lyrics. “I wanted to sing that melody – for family, friends – for myself. I felt gratitude for the help I’ve received. I wanted to say ‘thank you.'”
The simple acoustic guitar line and minimal percussion let Price’s honest words take the central focus. He opens the song repeating the same refrain: “I’d be dead if I didn’t have you.” Elsewhere, the lyricism recalls him watching his father suffer and the release he’s found in death. Throughout it all, Price takes a hard look at himself, realizing it’s time for him to let go of his own pain. It’s a simple and beautiful ode to healing, foregoing metaphors for straight-forward confessions.
Listen in below.