“If You’re Passing By” is a song about redemption, with grace blooming from confession and peace arising from forgiveness. It’s a song about the freedom of letting go in order to redefine your own life, accepting without surrendering. It’s about allowing yourself to be fragile without the fear of being perceived as weak. It’s about arising from despairs. It’s about the courage to leave, not the distress of running away… arising and evolving… allowing yourself a rebirth… “I guess it’s time to go”…
I initially wrote “If You’re Passing By” for the “Love Is A Promise Whispering Goodbye” album, but finally decided to keep it for myself, like so many other songs I wrote during that particularly confused and melancholic period of my life, somehow reluctant to publicly unfold the reminiscence of inhibited moments, thinking they were feeding the perpetual bleakness of the shadowing despairs I was accepting to live with at the time. I’ve learned over the years that time doesn’t heal anything, it only gives a greater appearance of life to what’s dead, and becomes the personification of some bright colors to our same old black and white illusions and fake plastic chimeras.
Therefore, I’m really grateful that the “Vague Souvenir” album offered me the opportunity to revisit some blurry memories and recollect some foggy souvenirs. Especially when I look back at what I thought “If You’re Passing By” was about… To take it back where I left it after all those years offered me a better perspective on a song I thought was reflecting my dreadful pessimistic state of mind and was the expression of my fatalistic desperation… As if, maybe, I thought it’s raw emotional honesty was somehow negative. I now realize I couldn’t be further from the truth, couldn’t be further from what the song is actually about. Even if my heart might have been too troubled to perceive the multiple layers of that intuitive spark of life my soul seeded through the words and the melody, what seemed to be hidden at that time is shining quite brightly to me now.
“If You’re Passing By” is a song about the communion of redemptive sorrows and hopeful forgiveness. It’s rebirth trough confession, evolvement through mercy. It’s not about acceptance, it’s truly about letting go.