Ahead of his upcoming 2022 LP, The Story That Lived Here, Edmontonian songwriter Ben Sures is sharing “Boring People,” a piece of acute folk introspection that wrestles with the zeitgeist.
“I was trying to be honest, asking myself real questions. So much of what we tell ourselves and others is just to navigate society, to get along, to function, to not be outcast, and so much of it can be at the expense of our own truth, our emotional and mental health,” says Sures.
Here is my song ‘Boring People’, for some of my fans it’s their favourite song in the whole wide world. This is actually the third recorded version but for me it is the definitive version.
Who are we? Is this all there is, does anything we do or that happens matter? In the developed world we get hung up on fate, destiny and things that we think we’re meant to be while a larger part of the world is hunting for clean drinking water or trying to escape impossible conditions. So the question is ‘does any of it matter? I’m just posing the question, that’s my job as a songwriter I don’t have an answer.
“Boring People” explores how so much of what we tell ourselves and others is just to navigate society, to get along, to function and to not be an outcast. Much of this can be at the expense of our own truth, including our emotional and mental health.
Connection is at the heart of this song, Sures speaking plainly about the honest realities of human nature. Recorded live in the studio, his acoustic guitar is complemented by upright bass and violin.