Direction is the latest song from Joshua Idehen's band Hugh, and it's probably their most personal record to date. In Idehen's own words:
"I thought I'd share a track I wrote a few years back, around the time I was falling out of love with my own christian beliefs. I'd been following the LGBTQIA movement online and I thought the catholic stance on same sex marriage was kind of sad: I'd grown up believing 'God is Love' and it didn't make sense to include a 'terms and conditions' to it."
The song took six months to complete and it's writing concluded at the time in his life when Idehen realised he no longer believed in god. It's a beautiful record that portrays the inner conflict we feel when two fundamental beliefs, here religion and freedom and equality, are at odds. The middle section, featuring the line "Do you believe, believe in love? In all kinds of love?", gives me goosebumps every time. Over the past few years I've become even more aware of the importance of respecting the rights of others to love who they want to love and I admire the honesty and bravery on display here.