GLOW

This is the first single off of my upcoming album WITNESS. This is also the first song ATELLER and I ever made, it was a really special process because it made us keenly aware of our musical alignment and made space for the cultivation of what will be on the album. Like most of my music it was manifested all at once. The heartbeat of the track came in and I immediately improvised “Even if I let it go, they will never let me glow, saw my brother out there bleeding on the floor”

When I was 13 years old I witnessed a boy get shot directly across the street from me. They shot him multiple times and with a quickness the block was clear. It took 4 hours for the police to come so he bled out on the concrete, he was only 16 years old. I do not know his name but have carried him with me ever since. This song is for him and his mother and all of the other lives lost to senseless violence whose names don’t make the headlines.

Glow asks the inevitable question - Where do we go from here? It seems there is still a lifetime of work to tackle in order to cultivate a world in which black and brown bodies are allowed to exist in peace. I may not have all of the answers, but my music aims to ask the necessary questions.

 

Even if i let it go, they will never let me glow

Saw my brother out there Bleeding on the floor Saw my brother dying

So, so where do we go from here?

When I was young I thought I was a child of the sun & then everyone came rushing With their opinions bout my Melanin and I saw it go rue When the womb is a tomb for the Sacred of us, delivered dust

So, so where do we go from here?

Broke neck , concrete crack Crack pipe, hep type ABC See me, see me drowning Diabetes 1, 2 take me back to A I D S oh Taino stolen raped And beaten always drowning Suffocating Blood count low Drop out slow Jazz rock and roll Elvis didn’t know EBT 5’O don’t come for me

My freedom, my freedom