Have you ever heard a song that grips your heart so tight that you can’t stop listening? I’ve recently started listening to The Dear Hunter and one of their songs specifically speaks to me, I’ve been listening to it on repeat for two days now. The song is called “Black Sandy Beaches” and before I talk about why it’s so amazing, I have to explain something that I deeply love about the band. The Dear Hunter creates CDs with songs that tell a story. There is an Act 1 CD, Act 2, Act 3 and Act 4. Act 1 starts with a prostitute giving birth to a baby boy and the story follows his childhood life. Act 2, which includes the song “Black Sandy Beaches”, starts with the death of the boy’s mother. Following her death, he travels to help him understand her life better and he ends up falling in love with a prostitute named Ms. Leading. Their love eventually dies off due to the fact that he can’t understand and come to terms with her job. The song before “Black Sandy Beaches” is called “Dear Ms. Leading”. “Dear Ms. Leading” consists of the letters that he writes to her, telling her that he can’t be with her anymore. Then “Black Sandy Beaches” is the story of a girl stumbling upon the letters in glass bottles on the beach. She’s reading the letters and is happy that Ms. Leading never read them, “Oh how she smiles from vicarious love from the one he writes about. She must have been so glad for him to throw it out”. But then she discovers another letter that is stained with tears and wonders who was crying over them, “Whose tears were these which ran the ink? From whom they bore to make this streak? Where they his by chance from telling her? Or hers by chance from reading it?”. The girl continues to read on and starts to cry over Ms. Leading and the pain she must have experienced from the heartbreak, “Oh how she cries from vicarious pain from the one he writes about. She must have been so sad for him to throw her out”. She chooses to be hopeful that maybe Ms. Leading is content, wherever she is now, “Let’s just say she has never been happier, happier than she is now”. The song drew me in and now I can’t let go of their story. The singer, Casey Crescenzo, has a voice that is filled with a passion that breaks my heart and makes me feel whole at the same time. I deeply encourage everyone to listen to the song.