Casey James told an interviewer earlier this year, “It’s such a cool thing to be able to look out to a crowd and see people either singing or humming songs that come from my heart and my soul and things I’ve been through, that they can relate to that and put it into their life.” Casey’s fans have shared how some of his new songs, like “Hold On” and “Why I’m Feeling Blue,” have touched them or helped them through a tough time.
But, something of a phenomenon has happened with Casey’s most recently debuted, as yet untitled, song. Co-wriiten with Brice Long and Terry McBride, this song has struck a deep chord with fans, moving them so deeply it has brought some to tears. Known by the line from the chorus, “I love the way you miss me when I’m gone,” this new song has tapped into the yearning felt by those who are separated from the one they love and the melancholy comfort of knowing they are missed.
No group feels this more poignantly than the military spouses who are kept apart for sometimes years when a loved one is deployed. So it was particularly fitting last Friday when Casey James had the opportunity to play this song in front of a crowd of servicemen and women and their families at the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton.
This concert was co-sponsored by radio station KKGO and Operation Gratitude and was free to military personnel and their guests. Many have already experienced being away from a loved one and being sustained by the knowledge that there is someone who misses them and can’t wait for them to come home. Others will be facing that very sad situation very soon.
And so it was when Casey sat on a stool armed only with his acoustic guitar and lyrics that tugged at the heart, that his song of longing hit a nerve. One concert goer, Elexus Loebbecke, shared this experience on the radio station’s Facebook page: “Okay off track y’all… so last night Casey James sang this song that made me ball my eyes out since I just found out that I’m pregnant and my husband leaves for a year to afgan in a few months… Need to know the name of the song… something about him being away thinking of her and the he loves how much she misses him when he is gone… he will be home as soon as he can please I NEED THIS SONG. lol.”
She elaborated a bit, telling us “I am sad he will be gone too thats why I was crying at the show when Casey sang this song. It was so close to home”
But it was her last comment that brought home just how powerful the song is and how important it could be for others in her situation, saying “I just pray that everyone else in or near my situation can be calmed by this amazing song. I just wish Casey knew how much a simple song like this gets us through such a tough time. It really can be the only thing that gets us military wives through field months and deployment.”
Another country music fan, unfamiliar with the song, listened to it and agreed, writing, “just listened to the song, IT’S INCREDIBLE.” This echoes what fans have been saying since they first heard this song. It seems that Casey has penned one of those rare songs that just connects with people on a deeply personal level. It is that right song at the right time, that fills a need as it fills the heart.
Recently a viewer who saw the video on YouTube wrote this about the song and what it means:
Casey, I just wanted
to tell you that my son-n-law is in the US Navy. He has been on deploymet several times,but this last time eas the first on board a air craft carrier. This had to have been the worst one yet. It was bad for him as well as my daughter. For some reason they seemed to miss each other more then ever. When i first heard this song i cried. Because each and every word related to them. I had gone to stay with my daughter while Knight(my son-n-law)was gone,one night(well early morning hours)i heard her crying. I knocked on her door and ask if i could come in. Aft a minute or so she opened the door. I ask if she was ok, and she said yeah. She had just gotten off the phone with Knight, she had tears streaming down her face,looked at me and said I just miss him so much. I can’t wait to let them listen to this HIT. It will be a HUGE HIT for you. He leaves in January for another long delpoyment(air craft carrier again) and i can bet that they both will have access to your song. Thank you for such a wonder,truthful song.
I just can’t wait for your cd and tour. I have not had a chance to see you while you are touring at the moment. But plan to when you come back to NC. I hope and pray i get to meet you someday. I told my husband when i was voteing for you on idol that you woud be a Huge Star.”
Perhaps another fan summed it up the best. After Casey’s concert in Jacksonville, Jamie Nichols posted on the official Casey James Facebook page, “I wanted to tell you your first song, “The Way You Miss Me,” touched my heart! My love is deployed right now and you captured that feeling of desire to be with the one your away from perfectly. It actually made me tear up a bit! Thank you!”