We are marked as much by the things we have lost as the things we have. In his poem “Separation,” W. S. Merwin says:
Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
Parting inflicts its effects physically, disrupting our choices and paths, and altering the art we make. Its this shift in tone and sound that characterizes Cheeze’s latest single, “Love You (bye),” a piano ballad about the bittersweet nostalgia for a bygone love.