May 18th, 2017

Oh Mic! - Listen

byMic Manaras

Listen is the first song I’ve officially completed for the music side of Oh Mic! When I wrote it back in January, I had no idea it would spark this whole new world I’m now living in. I’ve since racked up a bunch of songs I can’t wait to release and I’m having so much fun. When I made the decision to get back into it, I didn’t know exactly how I was going to do it, I still don’t, the only thing I knew is I needed to make music, so that’s what I’m going to do, and I’m going to do it aggressively.

So what’s it about?

Just recently, I made a huge realization when I pretty much hit the wall, and it was years in the making. I’ve been making a lot of changes in my life over the last few years and in the last year specifically I thought I had built up enough of a track record and enough confidence to go all in and push exponentially harder on every aspect of my life.

Let’s just say that I spread myself so thin I got a front row seat to the edge. And thanks to that, it had me ask myself “so what, what if everything falls apart?”. And for the first time I realized I didn’t even care if it did fall apart. For years, I was relentless and stressed so hard about something that I was now actually relieved at the thought of losing.

Was doing all of this getting me any closer to my goal? What the hell is my goal? That’s when it dawned on me I was putting a hell of a lot of time and effort towards something I didn’t love, with no clue as to why I was even doing it. And I was just building a bigger, better, faster, stronger version just for the sake of it.

I’d probably have a lot more fun putting effort towards something I loved…


That’s when I came full circle and thought “you idiot, you’ve been telling everybody to drop what they’re doing to pursue what they love, a la Tony Robbins, and you’re not even doing it!”. That’s when things became clear, no one was forcing me to do anything, I took it upon myself to swim against the current all along. I was ready to do what I always said, and whether or not I’d disappoint people wasn’t my problem.

So one Saturday night in January, I got onto my garageband and started putting words to some music I had recorded and on Sunday morning my “Listen” demo was done.

The song is pretty simple lyrically, but I think the message comes across, just listen. And I really wanted the music to hit home by capturing a feeling of a new beginning, so even if the lyrics didn’t catch, the music alone could deliver.

I’m so excited for you to hear it.