​​A few weeks ago I was minding my own business, driving home from grocery shopping. I was almost home, when a song I’d never heard came on the radio. I was spellbound to the point that when it ended I kept repeating the artist’s name, in hope that I’d remember it long enough to look it up, which I did the minute I stopped the car in the driveway.

Lewis Capaldi was pretty easy to remember, actually, being so similar to Peter Capaldi, the actor who is my favorite Doctor Who.  I’d also loved him in The Hour. 

So as soon as my groceries were put away, I bought Lewis Capaldi’s debut album on Amazon. It even has a great title:  Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.

Instead of starting to give it a full listen right away, I Googled around some more and ended up on YouTube. That’s where I discovered the very special Someone You Loved video that promotes awareness for heart transplants. It made me cry. It’s like a tiny movie, with Peter Capaldi playing a man with a dying wife who donates her heart. He meets the family who receives new life through that donation. The little girl missing her two front teeth, but still having her Mummy, will melt your heart. So will Peter Capaldi’s extremely expressive features. We watch him love, grieve, and finally find a measure of peace. His ever present ear buds are a lifeline to the not quite lost second heartbeat of his life. This is one of the most touching and poignant music videos I’ve ever seen.

That song has become something I listen to almost as much as he listens to his wife’s heart. It’s my understanding that Lewis Capaldi conceived it as a song about lost love, but as the video so beautifully illustrates, it can also be the soundtrack to a loss from death. July 15th was the third anniversary of my mom’s death, and Someone You Loved captures what she meant to me so personally. The theme of how it feels when the one person who can get you through such a profound loss is the person you’ve lost tells its own story. What do you do with that kind of pain? You learn how to stand alone and bear it. Sometimes, if you’re in the right moment at the right time, you find a song that makes it a little easier, if only in its reminder that deep pain from staggering loss is a universal experience. One that unites us with unseen strangers we’ll never meet and gives us all comfort from invisibly linked unknown friends.

I listen to the entire album every day still. Not just for that one special song, but for the remarkable combination of songwriting and unique singing that is Lewis Capaldi. I love that his Scottish accent comes through so clearly…to the point that I don’t always understand every word. Doesn’t matter, since I understand every song.

 Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved