The sound of the harp recalling old ages, the sound effects of a dystopian future and two of personalities- these are the components staring in each others’ eyes in ‘Fighter’.
This song was originally recorded in 2013 for the second album of The Unbending Trees, what more it was planned to be a duet, two men singing to each other about frustration and willingness to fight.
In the last couple of years of The Unbending Trees we used the harp quite a bit, yet this was the only song that we recorded, and I ended up singing both parts myself, almost as if I was fighting with myself, which I (and I guess a lot of you, too) often do.
I have done so, quite recently. Just last week, when I was challenged by a guest on not being more outspoken on Hungarian issues, more specificay on LGBTQ+ issues in Hungary, I struggled describing the conflict I am going through. I have not lived in Hungary for four years now, and no matter how strongly I feel about things happening “back home” (is it “home” at all, anymore?), I often feel I lost the right to chime in.
Similarly, even though I have lived in The Netherlands for four years, I still do not really feel entitled to publicly form an opinion on the happenings here.
Expatism, I guess. A sort of limbo between two places. What does it take to move out of this limbo to either direction? A fighter, I guess.