Seattle singer-songwriter David Nyro writes bravely about matters of the heart in masterfully constructed and composed songs. In fact, he’s a creator at heart, so much so that he will turn the singing of a song over to another performer if they suit the song ideally. For his latest tune, “Violence of the Heart”, Nyro brought on fellow Seattle singer-songwriter Katie Kuffel to sing this heart-rending tale of emotional violence in relationships. Kuffel offers up just the right amount of pathos and feeling to carry the song amidst gorgeous strings and piano-led music. The song is both sensitive and anthemic at the same time and it will appear on Nyro’s upcoming album later this year.
David Nyro says, “the concept came with the music, a feeling of broken love, love in ruins, love betrayed… and the more I got into the song, that idea of the violence of love came to the fore. Not necessarily the typical physical domestic violence one might think of, though that could be one interpretation. This song is much more about the emotional, psychological violence that the heart can inflict and feel. Even though that’s present in so many stories of love, I can’t recall anyone really using the term ‘violence’, especially in terms of the heart, so I thought it was a powerful statement to make. And it conveys a lot, I feel. This song is from a woman’s perspective. Not that it’s a gender thing. Violence of the heart can be felt and/or perpetrated by anyone. But I just knew it had to be a woman singing this song. 23 year old Katie Kuffel was perfect for it and she’ll be back for more collaborations on the album.”