Released – 5th March 2021 (Bandcamp only)
Bigger Than Me was recorded in Halligan’s own studio, “The Sewing Room” with Rob writing and recording the track, playing and programming all the instruments himself.
The song has only been released via Bandcamp.com, a site set up to support independent artists and lables,
Originally written for a musical by Halligan called Four Months, which was put on hold due to the pandemic, Bigger Than Me was recorded as a song to pitch to other artists and to raise interest in the musical itself.
A week following it’s release, the lyric video was published to YouTube and features projects run by children’s charity Global Care that Rob has visited.
Review by Hot Music Live
Today marks the release of the new Rob Halligan single entitled “Bigger Than Me”, a swift follow up to his ‘Christmas Time’ EP and as it’s Bandcamp Friday, all the more incentive to purchase it now so a higher proportion of the proceeds goes to its creator.
Although I understand that the song’s origins lie in an as yet unrealised musical (guess why that hasn’t happened so far), as a stand alone track it seems to me to fully justify its creation, speaking as it does on the universal theme that the concept of love transcends all of us as individuals: so thanks Rob for sharing this now when we need it instead of keeping it securely locked away awaiting its parent project.
The song (rather unusually for Rob a piano led piece) is in some ways a highly personal reflective diary, articulating (as many people probably have been) spiritual doubts given the suffering around us, bad enough at any given time but augmented currently with new & widely distributed sadnesses. It must have taken some courage to set such thoughts down for public consumption, but as ultimately his internal debate leads him to the conclusion that the power of love transcends each of the various negative forces he sees in the world around him, this is a summation which is obviously something he is comfortable to share. Thank goodness he did not reach the opposite possibility.
The slow stately (and beautiful) music is ideal for the subject matter & carries the listener along at such a pace that we can hopefully follow Rob’s reasoning as he unfolds it & be convinced by it: anything faster probably would not have given us sufficient time.
May his optimism & hope come to pass.
Something else exciting to look forward to from Rob is a very special Easter unplugged gig from Coventry Cathedral: so keep an eye out for details of that.