Born to Love was the final song I wrote for Trash My Heart. Usually the last song I write for an album is the easiest one to write because by the time I get to it I’m finally in a place where I really understand what I want the album to be about. I’m thoroughly engrossed in the message that I want the project to communicate. The only thing left for me to do is take a hard look at the songs I’ve already completed and see what’s missing from the story I was trying to tell.
From the beginning I wanted ‘Trash My Heart’ to be an exploration of different kinds of heartache. I wanted it to be youthful and idealistic with a backbone of strength and wisdom that you only get from having survived a broken heart. So, Summer Birds is about the sting of rejection, Last Night is about the loneliness of being left behind, Trash My Heart is about unrequited love, and The Other Kind is about the malignant rot of living in a bad relationship. It didn’t take me long after looking at these four songs that I realized I needed a hero song. Not a sugar-coated ‘everything is going to work out’ opiate song as a solution to the problem of heart ache, but a song that looks brokenness in the face and fights back. Born to Love is about a hero who gives with their whole heart away with abandon, and gets beaten to hell by having loved the wrong person. Instead of wallowing and turning inward, collapsing in on himself for safety, he decides to know himself better and to declare the desires of his heart, “Even though my heart has been so broken, I was born to love someone, I was born to love somebody”. It’s brave and honest. I hope I can live like the character in this song.
Sonically, I knew I was creating an adventure story and as far as Jordan and I are concerned- there is no better adventure soundscape than the old spaghetti western themes created by Ennio Morricone. This song is a heartfelt and loving homage not only to that great composer, but also to my favorite movie soundtrack ever- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Born to Love references several themes from that amazing score, and if nothing else, hopefully captures the same exciting, forlorn, and heroic atmosphere. Jordan’s guitar solo in the middle of the tune is my favorite theme he’s ever written- and that’s saying a lot because he pretty much hits home runs every time he writes a part. The lovely whistling solo is my friend, Jon Colon- this was the first theme for the song and set the tone for a the entire story. I never learned to whistle, so I’m really glad to have Jon on the record to make that lovely, lovely sound.