Actor and author Jim Beaver once said, “Today we fight. Tomorrow we fight. The day after, we fight. And if this disease plans on whipping us, it better bring a lunch, ’cause it’s gonna have a long day doing it.” I believe anyone who has ever battled cancer, whether they had the disease themselves or supported someone they loved that had it, understands that sentiment. It is a daily battle of wits and will against an enemy who has no morals, ethics or conscience. Vince Barnes, leader of the band Free From Gravity is a veteran of that war. He watched his mother not only fight this heartless enemy, he watched her beat it. Their new song, The Long Road, is a personal testament of their experience in that arena – a heartfelt anthem for those who have lost and loved someone to cancer and a personal cry of victory for those who’ve won. Simultaneously sad and uplifting, tragic and triumphant, The Long Road might forever change your outlook on cancer.
Musically, the song is mid-tempo and acoustic-based, reminiscent of early music from bands like the Eagles and America. There are also elements of alternative acts like the Bodines and The Rembrandts echoing through it. They label themselves “kick ass, chilled out rock,” and hope to defy what they believe are “the latest fashion and short-lived music trends.” With music as timeless sounding as this, they may be onto something.