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Indie-folk outfit Detroit Tourist Board release their new single, The Here and The Now. Recorded by Martin Trollop at Harbourmaster Studios, it takes a personal look at the end of a relationship whilst trying to focus on what is important in the present.
Here, the band’s guitarist Dom Lydon tells us what inspired their latest musical offering…
I’m not sure about inspired exactly, this one came out the hard way!
Underneath the guitar jangles, vocal harmonies and violin melodies, there are some universal themes (and personal experience) about coming to terms with loss and moving on after the end of a relationship.
It’s really dedicated to anyone who’s been through such change and come out the other side…somehow in a better state. 
It’s hard to imagine a positive outcome when you’re in the middle of a storm, but I know that therapy can help. If you work hard, it is possible to get a hold of something useful in the present  – what a therapist might call ‘the here and the now’. This can be incredibly grounding in its focus on helping face reality and some hard truths before starting the moving-on journey.
There’s a lovely quote I came across from the writer Wendell Berry, that certainly inspires me within the song:
“It may be when we no longer know what to do,
We have come to our real work
And that when we no longer know which way to go,
We have begun our real journey.”
Sometimes you might not need to look too much beyond the end of your nose or further than the top of your street. Many of the answers, as ever, lie within…what have you got in yourself and what do you want to do with that?
I’d like to think the song instils hope too. Be assured, other doors will appear and they can be opened. 
My message to myself, and anyone who may want to listen, is that despite setbacks and a tendency to hesitate, there is still time to shine, to get to know your new self, to dance and (of course) make music.

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