Sharon Van Etten just shared “Not Myself,” a new song that honors the victims of the June 12 shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The release of the song also supports the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, which works to reduce gun violence in America.
Van Etten shared the following statement about the song:
“I was home with my parents in New Jersey when I heard of the shooting at the nightclub in Florida. Hate, violence, and intolerance has always upset me, but I haven’t been this overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief in a long time. The victims were only trying to be themselves and be comfortable and safe in their surroundings. That safety was violated out of fear and with a gun.
I originally wanted to raise money for the victims and their families, but I knew the issue was bigger than this. I wrote “Not Myself” for the victims of this horrific event, but I chose to support the research and awareness work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund: a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.
In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves, I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and end gun violence.
Sharon Van Etten”
Listen to and purchase “Not Myself” at Bandcamp.