“Vivamus” by California-based band CorAnima is full of so much angst and emotion. Now, reading this, many rock music fans may roll their eyes and say, “Here we go, again. Haven’t these bands learned anything from these mainstream bands?” And you can’t blame them! Those angsty and moody post-grunge songs, especially ones from the early 2000s, seem phony and melodramatic, just a bunch of whining.
However, CorAnima’s “Vivamus” is a whole different story; it sounds like the band really put their hearts into writing this personal song. The song is inspired by the band’s experience with addiction and overcoming it. For an up-and-coming band to put their personal lives out there in a judgmental world is the epitome of bravery.
Instrumentation-wise, the heavy guitars, catchy riffs, and intense beat positively dramatize the song— without these, the song wouldn’t have the same effect. Again, this is a song about an overlooked disease because some (not many) people assume it’s a quick and easy fix with some sort of institution. No! Addiction is like being entangled in a web with no way out and the intense instrumentation in “Vivamus” successfully emphasizes the severity of the disease.
Furthermore, the song is inspirational and stresses that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, something the world needs to hear. This song is written by people who have personally dealt with addiction and turned something detrimental into a fantastic piece. It is highly encouraged to add “Vivamus” to your playlist and share it with those who need to hear it.
Written by Taylor Berry