Support the “Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund” by Buying Sharon Van Etten’s Orlando Homage “Not Myself”

Aug 23rd, 2016 in Music


Photo by Miche Williams

One of our favorite artists, Sharon Van Etten, has released a new song, Not Myself , in memory of the lost lives in Orlando and in support of the work of the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. While on hiatus from the road and while writing new songs, Van Etten has been graciously performing benefit shows (most recently for the Big Sur Soberanes Fire Relief Fund) and writing scores (for new film Strange Weather).

We love everything about this new song, but especially (as usual) Van Etten’s ever-evocative vocals.


You can read Van Etten’s statement below and visit Bandcamp for an exclusive conversation about the song.  Proceeds from the track will be donated to the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.  Go there.  Now.

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”

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