Research professor, author, and expert of all things emotional (and personal (s)hero) Brené Brown defines vulnerability as “the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome.” And it’s true, isn’t it? When we share our struggles and show our vulnerable sides to others, there’s no guarantee we will receive empathy in return. It takes courage to reach out to others and ask for help when we need it. Our shortcomings make us human, and honestly, our flaws are usually what makes us beautiful. New York City-based artist Kate Mills explores this in “Fall Apart,” the new single from her forthcoming LP Each Bittersweet Drop, set for release on March 6th.
“Like so many people, I don’t like to ask for help, or share when things aren’t going well or I’m struggling,” she says. “I put on a brave face, power through and convince myself and everyone else that I’m ok. But this song came about at a very vulnerable time in my life. I was in the midst of a severe Ulcerative Colitis flare up and taking high doses of steroids, which only made me feel crazy. I was trying so hard to be strong, but what I really wanted was to hide away to a place where I could be scared, and frustrated and let it all out without worrying anyone else.”
“I just need a little grace while I’m looking for a space to fall apart,” she sings and reassures us that it’s okay to let the tears fall. With her direct lyrical approach and matter-of-fact vocal delivery against a cheerful, upbeat, and countrified backdrop, Mills refreshingly lays it all on the table. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness and Mills captures it beautifully in “Fall Apart.”
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Fall Apart” by Kate Mills: