A couple of years ago, I picked up a free iTunes download at Starbucks and, as I do every time I see the free song download, I put it on my iPhone.
When it first played, I didn't know what to think of Truth, by Alex Ebert, known on the track as, simply, Alexander. It had a haunting whistling, which I liked, and lyrics that were almost presented like rap, which I don't like. I like a song with saxophone, which this song has, but the playing of the sax is simple, somewhat amateurish.
At one point, I was going to delete the song from my phone. But I didn't.
The song began to grow on me, and I would find myself whistling the tune around the house.
One day, at work, while listening to my music, Truth came on and I decided to Google it. In addition to finding out more about Ebert—who comes from Los Angeles and was in the bands Edward Sharpre and the Magnetic Zeros (never heard of them) and Ima Robot (also never heard of)—I also found the video for the song. The video, at first view, comes across as being strongly religious, with Ebert seemingly portraying himself as Jesus. "How full of himself he must be," I thought to myself. But then I saw him as everyone who goes through life, facing hardship and turmoil, trying to find himself.
And I started enjoying it more.
At times, the video is sensual, and fits well with the music.
I still feel that I haven't quite made up my mind whether I love this song or I'm indifferent to it, but however I feel, I'm keeping it on my iPhone.
Here's the video.
Alexander - Truth from Alexander on Vimeo.