This song hit right at home for me. 2013 was a horrendous year for my family. It began in February. The 5th, my electrician husband had an electrical panel blow up in his face and was air lifted to KU Med Center. We spent a week in the burn unit ICU. We had just brought him home when our male Giant Schnauzer became very ill suddenly. I was driving him to the Vet & my husband was in the back of our SUV with Frodo. We got t-boned at an intersection & our Durango rolled 2 1/2 times. Both Jim and Frodo were thrown from the SUV & I was trapped inside. Jim & I both survived but Frodo didn't make it. April I had a jaw infection & had to have my jaw drained. While getting up from the seat at the doctor's, I hit my head on a shelf just above my right eye. It swelled up immediately & the blood drained down into my eye & I had one heck of a shiner for several weeks. That went along fine with my bruised and swollen jaw. May brought another MVA to us. Jim's work van was hit & sustained almost 20,000 dollars of damage. We had just gotten it back when he was hit again, June 5th, four months to the day from the panel explosion. This time the van was totaled. We were on edge the rest of the year. We actually breathed a sigh of relief at midnight as 2013 became 2014. When I first heard Brand New Year, I sat down and cried. It seemed like Eric was directing this song straight to me. It's a song of "Thank God this year is over & we made it through it. The worse is behind us". Thank you, Eric, for writing & recording such a deeply emotional & yet uplifting song that I'm sure many will relate to. Please don't wait another 16 years to create another masterpiece!