Since I moved to New York I’ve known dozens of people who’ve died. During my 12 years in Berlin, I didn’t know anyone who did. Most of the people who I know who’ve died have not been very old and some have even been quite young, as young as 30. None have died because of violence and only one because of drugs.

The pandemic got me thinking even more about those who’ve died and are dying still. This song developed quickly and naturally a few months back. Since then, we’ve been confronted with the deaths of many mostly black brothers and sisters at the hands of police.

Whoever “the dead” are for you, this is for them.

Why did you go far away? Away from me?
Searching and searching and searching to find you near me

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