Music is at its best when made with complete honesty—and today’s Inbox Jukebox Presents is a shining example of truth. Singer-songwriter Blake Rose’s new track “Best Of Me” tells a bittersweet story of love and addiction, set to a moving alt-pop beat and even more powerful lyrics.
“‘Best Of Me’ is definitely one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written. It’s a story about someone very close to me who has been battling with drug addiction for a long time,” Rose says. The song cuts deep as Rose pours his heart into an emotional letter to his loved ones. “I wanted to give people a snapshot into what that feels like and how devastating it can be to watch.”
“I wanted to give people a snapshot into what that feels like and how devastating it can be to watch.”
The track starts with steadily accelerating keys and guitar, before expanding into electrifying synths and an anthemic chorus. But it’s the piano that’ll truly get you—you’ll feel shivers from the light melody layered over the fervent intensity of the song. “Best Of Me” will hit you in waves—small currents of emotion swell to a rush of feeling, altogether irresistible. There’s something freeing in the honesty of his promise: “You’ll always get the best of me”. Rose lays out the struggles of watching someone in pain without running from it—and you believe him every time.
“I also wanted to spread a message to anyone that is going through a similar situation never to give up on that person even when it seems like it’s the only thing you can do,” he explains. There’s a strong feeling of hope laced throughout the song—the words and music intertwine to leave you feeling upbeat and ready to face anything. “Because although they might not express it, they need you more than either of you might know.” With “Best Of Me”, Rose wants you to stay hopeful, to always listen and love openly, and to always: “Remember how far you’ve come…”
Blake Rose’s first instrument was a didgeridoo.
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