Definitely, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born is a cultural phenomenon. It has produced a timeless narrative of success and grief in the entertainment industry embodied by two wonderful musical artists – Jackson Maine, portrayed by Bradley Cooper, and Ally, portrayed by Lady Gaga.
The movie is riveting, as it is heart-wrenching. It has not only created memorable scenes but the movie scores were also absolutely spectacular. A Star is Born produced hit songs from big ballads like “Shallow,” to a gritty, tongue-in-cheek honest song like “Maybe It’s Time.”
Jackson Maine’s “Maybe It’s Time”
Written by country artist Jason Isbell, “Maybe It’s Time” offers us a perspective on just how hard it is to turn your life around and change it. The singer, Cooper’s Jackson Maine certainly embodies that change.
During the writing process, Isbell wanted to embody ‘the idea of salvation and redemption,’ and he certainly captured that to the core. While Jackson Maine delivers a riveting, heartfelt performance with his low gritty baritone voice, it also offers an insight of just what his character is about.
The song itself is a metaphor for one of the central themes of the movie. “Maybe It’s Time” depicts change and how hard it is to achieve it and the melancholic lapses that we experience in life, such as being out of touch with God or not knowing what awaits us when we die.
And in a way, everyone who had to change their lives one way or another could resonate with the song. “Maybe It’s Time” is a chance for us to re-evaluate our life decisions and actually consider what is impactful and what we can do to change our future for the better.
To Isbell, this is also a sort of an autobiographical moment as well. The Alabama native also sobered up a few years ago and has channeled that experiences and learning into his career and body of work. Now, he includes this song in that list.
Listen to the moving song here!