"Not Myself" - Sharon Van Etten [Bandcamp Audio Single]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published August 23, 2016

Sharon Van Etten has released a touching song called "Not Myself" in response to the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, FL that happened on June 12, 2016 — the most deadly mass shooting in American history and a tragic hate crime against the LGBT community.

Each purchase of the song will donate $1 or more to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. To donate, click the "Buy" button above and use the Name Your Price option to donate any amount you choose. The song is also available on most streaming services like Spotify and Tidal.

Van Etten shared this accompanying message:

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

"Not Myself" is a beautiful message of love and acceptance. Shades of gospel in the vocal harmonies are balanced against bare piano and elegant droning strings as Van Etten sings in the refrain, "In the ashes of the aftermath, pray."

Sharon Van Etten
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