It was more than three years ago now that we first wrote about Zach Kleisinger and his track "Feeling Like This." He's back with a new song that still reminds us of a 'choked-up troubadour'—but this time, he's striking a contemplative tone and musing on the unfortunate human tendency to blame an external world for internal problems. A circular lyrical theme brings us back to that quintessential moment of self-exculpation: let's just blame it on the seasons changing.
This song started as a response to seasonal depression and evolved into the rich tapestry of artistic malaise that extends from a collision between the dream of life and life itself. "Seasons Changing" is the comfort and the anguish rolled into one, combining a subtle folk guitar with a gorgeous lap steel performance, harmonica, and a subtle drum shuffle. Kleisinger touches on themes of mortality and melancholy as he paints a vivid picture of the human experience as a dynamic and shifting landscape of small regrets and insidious self-criticisms. The cure is of course that universal salve of unvarnished honesty as he concludes with the final verse: so much is hidden, safely unnoticed. But could you stand up right—and face your failings?
That is truly the question, after all. Who among us can actually handle the truth—and dare to celebrate the ubiquity of our own imperfections?