Friday, September 16, 2016

Sharon Van Etten w/ Etiquette @ The Drake Hotel, Saturday

Sharon's new single "Not Myself" was written for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
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 the 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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