One last post and then I’m going to bed.
I’m listening to Strong. This song always hits me like a punch to the stomach, but tonight, tonight one part in particular was like a brick to the face.
You see, everyone always talks about Louis like he’s afraid of himself somehow, afraid of his own shadow, afraid of who he is, afraid -especially- of Harry and of what any appearance of “friendship” might mean to his reputation as a laddy bro dude pal. But here we have Louis writing a song that draws nautical parallels and references their shared tattoos and also references the first song his boyfriend ever wrote, (”I hold on, it’s getting harder to breathe/Don’t let me go” “I’ll always hold on”), and this song is declarative. Reassuring. Louis’ not scared. He’s telling you he’s not scared. And then, in the second verse that he sings entirely on his own, I have never heard more matter-of-factness in his voice when he says, “There’s nothing I’m running from/You make me strong”. You make me strong. That’s it. No question, no wistfulness, just pure fact. Harry makes him strong.
We all talk about Louis’ strength all of the time, and this is Louis telling us that Harry is the source of that strength.
I’m so emotional tonight.