It would be easily to string together a long list of concrete, factual statements as to how Cut Throat Finches could earn my #1 slot. I don’t remember the exact number count of Ghosty Awards won by CTF, but it was large, and in notable categories like Best Album, Best New Act, Best Songwriter for Sean Russell, and Musical MVP for member Taylor Tatsch. Their song”Moon Beast” became a staple on KXT. Also, CTF were the first local band to use the groundbreaking 360° technology for their “Boundaries” video. All of the previous statements are absolutely true, but it also misses the point. First off, CTF did not earn the #1 slot for either “Boundaries” or “Moon Beast” (the latter did, however, chart at #27). Also, Cut Throat Finches did not earn the top slot through accomplishments in the local scene, but through one simple yet amazingly powerful song.
The irony is that for as long as I owned Reality, I routinely overlooked “Reset”. I never took the time to appropriately listen to the track until around October. Once I did, it quickly became my favorite song. And in the following months, it proved to be the most defining song of the year. If you’re like me, 2016 was a year that, to be blunt, sucked. It has been a year where hate felt as if it triumphed love and kindness. It was a year that practically begged for everyone to give in to despair, whether through politics, world events, or celebrity deaths.
“Reset”, I would argue, was the musical elixir that helped fight all that was wrong with this year. Yes, the melody is beautiful and wonderfully constructed, but it’s the lyrics that made this song ring true in my heart. “Reset” is a song that acknowledges the pains in life, while giving the listener the option to continue hope through, in the band’s words, “restarting love”. That, and that “Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice we can decide.” And then there’s the opening line in the chorus that rings so true to me: “Falling down just means restarting/It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t dance.”
So on that note, The Ghost prepares to bid adieu to 2016, and encourages every one of you to keep dancing even when you fall down, and that you can always restart love.