If you’re anything like the average person, life has had it’s fair share of ups and downs. Overwhelming feelings of uncertainty and doubt. Times where you were unsure that the current path was the right one for you. We’ve all been there at one time or another and with one shot at life, it’s important to steer ourselves towards what we want. Failure to do so will result in bitterness and fixation on the past instead of working towards attaining your goals. Fret not, because The Kirks’ music video for Loud Mouth Young Boy will help you remember, it’s never too late to return to your roots.
The saying goes that we are often a product of our environment. We adapt and morph into our surroundings, and sometimes find ourselves slowly changing from the core beliefs we once had. There are instances when it is harmless and just minor changes, but given enough time and influence, we can become a different person. Our behaviors can become vastly different from say a mild mannered introvert, to an aggressive life of the party type of person. Dreams of becoming a doctor maybe set aside when an unexpected child is born or even a severely life changing experience that makes schooling impossible. We can plan as much as we want, but life ultimately has the upper hand, and uncertainty is it’s best friend.
Within the music video for Loud Mouth Young Boy, we watch a young man, likely a college graduate, like many of us, that is off in the business world. Working for a company, tied to the cubicle and probably performing unfulfilling 9-5 work that he doesn’t see the point in. I can tell you of a lot of people that are in a situation like this - and not even just young people. Some adults have spent their entire working careers in situations like this because it was convenient or they didn’t have the drive or even ability to find something they truly wanted.
As one of my favorite songs by The Kirks, Loud Mouth Young Boy represents the realization of getting away from our roots and working to find ourselves once again. We watch the moment when he splashes the cold water on his face, realizing the harsh reality that he has changed from who he once was. It’s that sobering moment while looking in the mirror, that everything hits him. Having traded the farm for a desk and the boots for dress shoes, we see him climb in his Tacoma and head back to the family farm. Like the scene in a movie, in his heart, he knows what he has to do for his own happiness. The embrace between father and son is powerful and emotional, symbolic of the returning to ones roots and core values. It’s the welcoming home with open arms, that we all crave at one time or another.
For you, this video may not follow your exact story-line, but the message is universal. It doesn’t matter if you are born in a city, suburb, or the country; we all need to pay attention to what we truly want in our lives and for our families. It is easy to fall into the trap of “keeping up with the Joneses” and also always trying to please other people. With a single chance to live a life you can look back fondly on, are you doing all you can to make that a reality? Are you happy in life? Are those around you happy? We as a society need to focus better on not trying to control other people, but live more fulfilling lives for our own self, no matter what profession or lifestyle we choose. We need to stay true to ourselves and not compromise our values just to fit in with the popular crowd. It is not always the easiest or most popular path in life, but it is certainly, one of the most noble.
I hope you enjoy this music video and I really appreciate Jordan Kirk of The Kirks for choosing me to premiere this music video for Loud Mouth Young Boy. Much like myself, Jordan and the band are young, but he and some others have all been incredibly supportive of what I do here at Pitstop for Country. It is so appreciated and I will never forget those that believe in me and I reciprocate that same belief in Jordan many others. Their album Loud Mouth Young Boy is available now and I look forward to new music and continued growth, on the horizon.
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