We're not afraid tonight, 'cause the Future Is Bright
When asked about the inspiration for the album, Lewis again has no hesitation. Whilst the key theme throughout is the joyful hope in a bright future, each of the songs has come from very real experiences and, as Lewis describes, some of the hardest moments of his life.
"It's certainly not all unicorns and rainbows. People hear these songs and they say things like 'Wow you're so happy all the time' or they have this perception that my life is just a continual party. And I'm like 'No way!' That's why having fun is my mission! Because it's a choice! Each one of these songs represents a very real moment in my life, where hoping in a bright future was a very real, and often very difficult choice."
Lewis describes the birth of the title track as a defining moment in the whole process. "I remember so clearly one day a few years ago, sitting at my piano feeling as low as I'd ever felt before. I remember thinking that I just don't know what to do any more, I just couldn't see a way through the stuff I was dealing with. But that moment became a pivotal one from me. It felt like God spoke right to me, right to the deepest part of my core. I could wallow around in my self pity, or I could pick myself up and live with the joy of actually expecting the future to be bright. I made my decision and literally wrote the whole song in about 5 minutes. And you know what, all the stuff I was so worried about, it turned out even better than I could have imagined!"
Hope as an Anchor
Core to Lewis' music and life is his faith and he doesn't undersell its significance in the journey that brought him to this point.
"You know one of the keys for me with this stuff is that it's real. It's all fine for me to say 'hey you can be happy even when it's dark' - but if I don't give you something real, something solid to actually hold to in those dark days then it's all a bit pointless isn't it?"
"I think we all crave something that's real. We're always searching, always yearning for something solid. Something that won't let us down. Something we can really put our hope in. And the hardest part is when the very things we look to for that support let us down anyway. Relationships break down, or health, or families, or our finances, or jobs and it feels like the world's just crushing us. I totally know how that feels. Like you're being squeezed and there's just nowhere to turn."
"But those are the people this album is for. Those are the times I wrote these songs for. When you're at your darkest. When you can't see the light. I want to give you a hope to cling to. A reason to keep going. And not just survive, but to find your joy again. To charge into the future with actual excitement."
Lewis highlights one line in the title track that has become much more than a lyric to him over this journey. "In the very first verse there's this line that says Live like tomorrow's gonna outdo today. That's become my daily choice. When I wrote the song it genuinely felt as if God was pointing His finger at me and giving me the challenge. Do you actually believe that tomorrow's going to be alright? And are you willing to live like it?"
"For me it wasn't an easy answer, and it's a daily choice. But I've seen how faithful God is. Every single time I've made the choice, He has come through. His promise has never failed. And that's become my hope. My anchor."
As the lyric says, Caleb wants to see an army rising with this song in their feet. He describes his heart for these songs to reach the darkest places with light and hope. It's not clear exactly just how far these songs can reach or what the future holds right now, but one thing would seem abundantly clear - the future certainly is bright!