Author: Kearsten Jones
The start of a new year brings with it the promise of a new beginning, a platform to evoke change and leave the world a better place than when we found it. Andy Kong’s newest release, “Harbor In A Hurricane” seems to echo this sentiment. It shines like a beacon of light, helping to cast out the darkness that has overwhelmed our minds, hearts, and lives. This uplifting track not only gives us an upbeat rhythm to nod along to, it reinforces the fact that love conquers the greatest pain and allows us to overcome the most devastating trials in life. At a time when it seems like the world is being engulfed by the treacherous waters of a hurricane, Kong’s music breathes life into the hearts of his listeners and whispers the hopeful promise that everything is going to be ok.
While this is a departure from the sultry track “Wildfire”, “Harbor In A Hurricane” reminds us that Kong is a truly gifted lyricist, with the ability to beautifully paint a portrait that captures a pure moment in time, while also highlighting the beauty of his voice. A new level of perfection is reached as Kong fearlessly displays his vocal range, further driving home the raw emotions of the story. Along with representing his complex and diverse songwriting abilities, this feel-good tune rivals many songs hitting the airwaves right now.
As I’ve said many times before, it’s not hard to draw on your own experiences when listening to one of his songs. “Harbor In A Hurricane” is no different. It’s not breaking news to say that the world is falling apart and that terrible things are happening to good people every day. However, if we are able to look past all of this devastation, we truly have a lot to be thankful for. Kong writes, “If we lose it all in a moment, I will still be left right here next to you until the storm blows through… I’ll be your harbor in a hurricane, I’ll give you shelter through the pouring rain”. These words display the true power of love and its ability to provide safety and comfort when everything else seems to be falling apart. When your heart is so tightly anchored to another, you’re willing to be that safe harbor and refuge for them, regardless of the effects it might have on you.
Kong’s track serves as a reminder that the smallest and most seemingly mundane things in life, end up having the most value. If we are fortunate enough to have family that loves us, friends that support us, and lovers that sustain us, then we have a solid foundation that could not be brought down by even the strongest of winds. No amount of fame, fortune, or vanity will ever be able to take the place of a room filled with laughter or an embrace that warms your heart. These are the things that help us weather the storm and remind us that even behind the darkest and most dense clouds, there is always the sun.
Andy Kong is the definition of a great artist. He evokes emotion, excitement, honesty, and heart into his music and continues to break past any boundaries that lie ahead of him. I know that amazing things are in his future and I cannot wait to see them unfold. Go check out this new release and share it with everyone!