- He writes heartfelt music that you can relate to if you've ever been in love.
If someone has "Stolen" your heart, if you're in the mood to reminisce about your first love and the best day you ever had ("Hands Down"), Dashboard Confessional will pull on those heartstrings and make you feel even more in love than ever.
- But he also knows how much it hurts to be cheated on.
If you're still heartbroken about that unfaithful ex who's found himself someone new (I'm missing your laugh. How did it break? And when did your eyes begin to look fake? I hope you're as happy as you're pretending, "Screaming Infidelities") or flat out angry at him for still trying to get back together with you (Don't you see, don't you see that the charade is over? And all the "Best Deceptions" and the "Clever Cover Story" awards go to you. So kiss me hard, 'cause this will be the last time that I let you, "The Best Deceptions"), Chris Carrabba knows just how you feel.
- He pours his heart out into his music.
He can't pick just one album that he can call his most personal. "That's hard. They're all personal," he says. That's part of what makes Dashboard Confessional so great. Dashboard Confessional (which started out as Chris Carrabba's solo side-project) has been so well-loved over the years because of their raw, honest, emotional songs.
- He's not emotional all the time.
In fact, he's pretty funny! Chris says that if he weren't a musician, he'd be a teacher. Of what? "Of awesomeness!" he replies. (He took up Education at the Florida Atlantic University and was actually the director of a special-education after-school program at an elementary school!)
He also doesn't take himself too seriously. He's not afraid to admit that he's played his own song, "Hands Down," on Rock Band and never scored 100% on it.
- He's likely to write a song for you.
One of Dashboard Confessional's latest hits, "Belle of the Boulevard," is about someone Chris knows. "I knew a girl who fell on hard luck," he says. "I was sad to see how far she had fallen. I wasn't planning on making a song of it; I just went to the piano, played a few chords, and suddenly the song was just there." The girl he wrote the song about has heard it, but has no idea that it's actually about her.
Like "Belle of the Boulevard," most of Dashboard Confessional's most popular, anthemic songs (like "Hands Down" and "Vindicated") were written really quickly, almost spur-of-the-moment. He says songs turn out bad when you try too hard to make them work instead of letting them come naturally.