Julia Mark delivers heartbreaking ‘Love and Energy’

“Love and Energy (Adam’s Song),” the recent single by singer-songwriter Julia Mark, is the sort of song that will break your heart. The song is an elegy for a friend who died suddenly, and every note is imbued with both pain and beauty. A snippet of cello — played by Cristobal Cruz Garcia — rolls gently into a smattering of piano notes, setting the stage for a portrait of grief which falls on the listener like light rain.

“Little things I/loved about you,” sings Mark, “that I never shared./racing toward the surface/and they’re gasping for air.” The song is restrained, each piano note sharp and deliberate, each lyric sung controlled. Listening to the song, it feels like it’s delicately held together, like even the slightest disturbance would result in a torrent of grief being unleashed.