How a toxic relationship inspired emotional music from Rachel Cousins
Cousins co-wrote song about a romantic struggle
Rachel Cousins has been singing for as long as she can remember, and it's something she wants to keep doing for a long time.
"It's all I've ever dreamed of, and I've never had a backup plan," Cousins said.
"I've always said that I wanted to do this, and I've been on a straight plan for as long as I can remember, and this is what I hope to do for the rest of my life."
The 18-year-old from St. John's picked up a guitar and started writing and performing her own music about five years ago, and now writes music every day.
"I'll try to write a little something, maybe a line or a title — just something everyday."
The song Man of Stone was co-written with other songwriters and is about a tough time between partners.
"It was just about a toxic relationship, which I think is something that a lot of people struggle with and just basically telling this person, this man of stone — basically, it's just one big metaphor for saying, 'I'm trying so hard and you keep shutting me down. I give my all to you and it's still not enough,'" she said.
"It's a very emotional song."
Watch Rachel Cousins perform Man of Stone:
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