Alec Benjamin recently released his long-awaited mixtape Narrated For You. Now, he’s taking fans behind each track, detailing the lessons he’s learned growing up.
The 24-year-old singer is known for his catchy singles like “Paper Crown” and “End of the Summer,” as well as the upbeat “Boy in the Bubble” and devastating “Let Me Down Slowly,” the latter two of which appear on the new mixtape.
In the 12-track release, Benjamin’s relatable stories of love, friendship and the transformations he’s undergone growing up take form alongside emotional lyrics and easygoing melodies.
Check out Benjamin’s breakdown of Narrated For You below.
“If We Have Each Other”
I wrote this song for my sister. The first verse is about a girl I went to high school with, the second verse is about my grandparents, and the third verse is about my parents and sister.
This was a song that I wrote about one of the first girls I ever liked and she told me that she loved me, but I wasn’t ready. Then later on, I still had feelings for her, but having grown up, she had moved on and was into other guys.
This song is about learning the difficult lesson that you cannot buy love. I wrote this song about a time when I did somebody’s homework just to win their affection and ended up getting my heart broken.
“Let Me Down Slowly”
This song is about my first relationship. I wanted to talk about one moment where I felt especially vulnerable, which is something I don’t think a lot of people talk about.
I wrote this song with one of my closest friends, Julie Frost. This is a song we wrote together completely from scratch our second time working together. This song is very special to me.
“The Boy in the Bubble”
This song is about a time when I was bullied as a child. I thought it would be interesting however, to write the last verse from the bully’s perspective. I thought seeing things from the bully’s side would be an interesting approach to the verse, because it is something that we do not talk about often enough.
“Steve” is a song that I wrote in my hotel room one night after a long day of songwriting. I came back to my room and the song just popped out! Steve is about wanting the things you can’t have, even when you have everything you need.
“Gotta Be A Reason”
“Gotta Be A Reason” was a song I wrote at a time when I was questioning a lot of things about life and growing up. I created two characters in the verses to show that even when you get older, you still ask questions.
I wrote this song about a friend of mine. I felt that he was living a lifestyle that would eventually catch up to him.
“Death of a Hero”
This is about the day I realized I was not a child anymore. This song is about the downfall (in my eyes) of someone that I really looked up to.
“If I Killed Someone For You”
“If I Killed Someone For You” is about changing for someone you love. It’s a bit of a different and darker song for me.
1994 is a coming of age song. In this song, I tried to include and describe certain events that shaped who I am today.
Listen to Narrated For You below.