Manta Ray Kid

Manta Ray Kid

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'Manta Ray Kid' was written at an important time in my life, as I came to terms with the potentially damaging effects of being labeled “gifted” or “bright.” These labels wreak havoc on someone’s sense of worth once they encounter an obstacle that is not immediately overcome.

The vast expanse of an often unforgivable ocean sets the scene for personal introspection. There are many metaphors throughout the song, but in general, the ocean and water represent the turbulent nature of life and the music industry. It's easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others and seeing things through a competitive and capitalistic lens. I've come to realize, however, that even if I'm not where I wanted to be in life, I should still enjoy the journey. The world is a beautiful place, and I appreciate all of the highs and lows that life has to offer.