Don’t reject the color, and don’t despise the grey, and don’t miss the forest for the trees, and throw up a white flag on more hills than you die on.
Today, I am pleased to release this new video for Sanctuary Cities. The word sanctuary means "a place of refuge or safety." It's a word that has fascinated me for years. A word I've spoken in poems past and written into countless others never released to the public.
At the beginning of 2017, for better or worse, I sought sanctuary of my own in cities whose pride was built upon offering exactly that to whomever found themselves inside their walls.
The story is long. But there are glimpses within this song – a piece that grew from soil tilled with the pain of searching and the joy of those glimpses of freedom that come from walking alone along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California or the streets of Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington.
This track represents a dichotomy. It was a precursor to Cataracts, I think, and very well could have made the album were the circumstances different.
Paralysis and movement. Fear and courage. Despair and hope.
I hope you love it.
PS. – This video would not exist without the incredible generosity of the following people, who took time out of their lives to collaborate and create it. Drew, specifically, spearheaded this project and made it happen in a time crunch last fall before and after our show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. I love what he and his team worked so hard to complete, and am thankful for them.
Director: Drew Boylan / http://drewboylan.com
Cinematographer: Patrick Ouziel / http://patrickouziel.com
Assistant Director: Amy Wang
Editor: Drew Boylan
TRACK / RECORDING CREDITS
Lyrics: Levi The Poet
Studio Production & Engineering: Andy Othling
Music / Production: Alex Sugg / Glowhouse
Cover Art: Caleb Davis
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