I’m someone who tries to keep her head up. I have thoughts that naturally tend to go negative before assuming or hoping for the positive. I’ve worked for years to handle it and keep it bay, but I’m just gonna be honest. Hearing someone else tell you – “You don’t have to hurt yourself,” – a voice that’s not your own. Not the one in your head. Not the harsh mindset you pressure yourself into. When it’s Joel Crouse’s voice .. When it’s Ed Sheeran’s voice .. When it’s repetitive like it’s a constant reminder … It means a lot.

Nashville based singer-songwriter, Joel Crouse, has a message for the world just released a new song. It’s called On My Way and it was co-written with Ed Sheeran, and it’s nothing but a message of friendship, support, love – everything I feel like everyone is in search of right now.

 

You don’t have to hurt yourself.

With strong roots in country music and influenced by the likes of Aerosmith, Nirvana, and James Taylor, Crouse’s name is one you may never have heard revolve out of the music industry or on the radio before, but you should … That’s why I’m here.

I try very hard to bring as much honesty and vulnerability as possible to the stage. From writing about a universal experience we’ve all had to sharing that same authenticity loud and clear in my live performance, music for me is a shared experience.
– Crouse –

The soft, acoustic track happens in the form of a phone conversation from a friend promising the other that they don’t have to give up on themselves. That someone cares for them. That someone’s on their way. Crouse released this song last month in support for Mental Health Awareness and sending love and support to those who might need it.

Cry, smile, cry
I know that world ain’t kind

I love that the pre-chorus is, “Cry, smile, cry.” The way he sings it sounds as though it’s a daily routine. For so many people who battle with their thoughts, it is like a daily routine. It’s one that is tiring and leads to burn out and exhaustion.

You don’t have to hurt yourself.

What brings me a little bit of hope, though, is the comforting line that follows. The importance of, You don’t have to hurt yourself, to me is that it can mean so many things. It can mean physically. It can mean mentally. It can just mean when you’re disappointed in yourself. You don’t have to hurt yourself. It can mean being unhappy with how much you accomplished in a day. It can mean being bitter when you can’t find it in yourself to forgive. It can mean feeling guilty for something that’s not your fault. You don’t have to hurt yourself.  It can mean filling up your plate with more than you can carry. It can mean working yourself until you’re burned out. It can mean hating yourself to unbelievable levels. It can mean not giving yourself any credit for trying your hardest when you really are. You don’t have to hurt yourself.

Mental health is incredibly important to me and this song is very personal, as it truly shares a powerful message of support during the darkest hours of a close friend. When ‘life’ hits, we often have a hard time asking for help, which shouldn’t be the case. I hope this song reaches as many people as possible who need to hear its message.
– Crouse –

I don’t have a lot else to say about this track except that I felt the need to write about it just because whenever I come across songs like this – ones that really help me in the moment – I find they’re somehow tied to Ed Sheeran, and I don’t know why that surprised me at all. It’s a beautiful, acoustic, reassuring song. What else did you expect from me? I just wanted to put it here so that you could hear someone tell you you’re worth it – because you are – and just in case you were in search of that today.

You don’t have to hurt yourself.

There is so much meaningful music coming out of Nashville these days, and you might not hear them on the radio because they’re jewels. They’re like gold. Songs like this one. They’re gems. You just have to search for them.

Music is a powerful thing, I know – but sometimes it makes all the difference to just speak or reach out to someone that’s not on the other side of the speakers. If you or someone you know is in need of help or considering taking harmful action, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text ” HELP ” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. Visit for suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Posted by:Erica Garcia

The fact is that nobody has a clue to what my life was really like. - Stevie Nicks

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