Daily discovery: FIL BO RIVA learns to accept being “solo”
FIL BO RIVA has arrived home after a long tour and promotion around their debut album of 2019, Beautiful sadness. Finding himself “alone in an empty house,” the feelings of isolation and loneliness seemed overwhelming. “All of these feelings were reinforced by a strong and important breakup that I had experienced a few months before,” he says.
Left in deep thought, the Berlin-based singer-songwriter let the lyrics flow simply from his fingertips “without even noticing what I was writing,” he admits. “During the first few days, most of what I wrote in just a few minutes sounded way too simple, but after leaving the song out for a while, I noticed it was exactly how I felt. It was simple but honest.
The lockdowns of the past year have added even more layers of meaning. “It was a strange time. My band and I were supposed to be going on tour again, ”he told American Songwriter,“ and all of a sudden all of those things that we had planned for the year were gone and I found myself sitting at the House. It was during this period that I was unable to meet other musicians, my band or my producer. the life that unfolded before me.
Nothing in my head, just a cold little heart / It’s easy to let go, but you gotta have a plan, he sings on an icy electric guitar, his world seeming to fall apart. Just a cool little man, with a cold little heart / It’s easy to let go, but you gotta have a plan.
Written about “when an ending slowly evolves into a new beginning”, the dark mid-tempo also examines “where a loss becomes a new possibility and the thought of being alone all of a sudden isn’t so scary anymore”, he said.
“I think being alone and feeling alone is something that many of us have experienced, especially in these times, and especially people living alone,” he continues. “But I also think there’s a point where you realize that doesn’t have to be a ‘bad’ thing.”
Wait to wake up from this moment / Living in my head was not my plan, he continues, fraying further on the second verse. Always down and complaining / I keep running away from the truth, do I pass out?
Originally from Rome, FIL BO RIVA first bought a guitar at the age of 10. As a huge Beatles fan, he just started imitating what they were doing, playing simple chords, and sharing his truth. When his family moved to Ireland a few years later, his fascination with music fully blossomed and soon led him to settle again, this time in Berlin. Her first single, “Like Eye Did” arrived in 2016 and eventually led to her debut in 2019.
Listen to “Solo” below.