Behind The Tracks: INTREPID BLOOM - Black Cats (Single) (2022)

During the pandemic shutdown, there wasn't much to do socially.  The highlight of my day often came from going on walks at sunset and listening to music.  The bright, bleeding colors and the contrast between light and dark is always pleasant to me.  

In my little town, there must have been an issue with feral cats.  You'd often see them running across the street or hanging out somewhere.  I was walking, the streets were calm, and everything to be seen was a little shaded and hazy.  A dark cat ran across the street, and I said to myself "black cats cross my path".  That moment ended up being the seed.

I was listening to a lot of Rebel Meets Rebel and Dimebag Darrell's solo tracks at that time.  Direct lyrics and searing guitar were on my mind.  That's probably in part where the gambling references came from.  I do like the occasional game of chance, and I think life is a gamble in so many ways.  In my life, it certainly has been.  Some of the best things in my life have come from taking chances, and just like everyone else, I've had plenty of people to throw negativity in my direction, and about all kinds of things.  

Just like everyone else, there have been plenty of times when I've felt like repeatedly crap on me.  I try to not let it get me down, I try to keep moving forward.  I've always been moved by quotes like "no longer will you trample through my peaceful mind", or "if you're going through hell, keep on walking".  The song sort of takes that tone in a way. 
Just for the record, I don't think black cats are unlucky, they've been dealt a bad reputation.  I've actually had two black cats grace my life, and think they are special.  The superstition of a black cat means nothing to me, but I used the reference as a parallel to the things in life that get in your way, hold you back, or try to scare you off.  You can't let that negativity drive you away from what you want in life.    

Ironically, as I sit here writing, I'm recovering from an Achilles tendon surgery.  So it may always be something, but I know to keep moving forward.

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