Last month, AP introduced you to our new list series in partnership with non-profit Hope For The Day. For this series, we will present a list of things that gives someone--whether your favorite artist, someone in the industry or one of your peers--hope in an effort to build more positivity in our scene and help you reflect on the good things in your life. Our second contribution comes from We Came As Romans guitarist Joshua Moore.
Things that give Joshua hope:
Writing lyrics—and just writing in general—is therapeutic to me and helps me deal with my problems. It lets me see things differently and smooths out whatever emotions I'm feeling. Writing gives me hope for the future.
Being on the road all of the time can get overwhelming and lonely. Not having those everyday interactions with friends and family can be really hard. But our fans reassure me we are doing a good thing and changing lives, and it gives me hope for a better, unified generation.
There are definitely times when I have a lot to say, but no matter how hard I try, I can't find a way to put what I'm feeling out there. So I'll pick up a guitar—or at home my girlfriend has a digital piano—and it's great therapy for relieving stress and re-motivating me to move on.
I didn't always have the greatest relationship with my dad; my parents divorced when I was really young. Ever since I've graduated high school, he has put so much effort into supporting me and having the best relationship with me he can. He comes to all our hometown shows, and even has a few of the lyrics I've written tattooed on him. His latest tattoo was from our latest release, and it just says, "HOPE."
I had to separate my parents on this list, not in any sort of favoritism or negative fashion, but just because of how different my life has been with both of them. My mom has always been there for me no matter what: when I want to give up, in my depression and my happiness. She raised me to be the person I am—or at least the good part of that person. Whenever I feel like I have no one to turn to, I can turn to her.