“Broken,” the third single from Lifehouse’s 2007 album “Who We Are,” has had a pretty full post-release life.
The song has been used in episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds” and “One Tree Hill,” as well as the season finale of “The Hills” on MTV. Group leader Jason Wade says he feels like the track nails a kind of emotion that many listeners — or viewers — can relate to.
“I took a trip to Nashville to see one of my best friends, the guy who actually taught me my first guitar chords,” Wade, 27, recalls. “He needs a kidney transplant and has to do dialysis for nine hours a day.
“It was just really hard for me to see him like that, with his health failing. And I went back to my hotel room that night and this song just kind of poured out of me. I feel like I wrote it from his perspective — his body shutting down and what gives him the drive to continue to wake up every morning even though he doesn’t have a lot of hope. So that lyric to me is very special.”
Wade acknowledges that he tends to write more optimistic fare for Lifehouse, but he says that there’s an undeniable allure in darker emotions.
“I like watching movies like that, too,” Wade explains. “Sometimes I kinda gravitate towards the darker ones or the stories like that, that are a little more interesting. Sometimes you have to go to that place.
“No one wants to write a bunch of happy songs, really. They’re nice, but you need the balance. You’ve gotta have both kinds in your music.”
Lifehouse, Matt Nathanson and Honey Honey perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 21) at Clutch Cargos, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $22.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.livenation.com.
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