New Jersey’s folktress Sharon Van Etten has realeased a song called ‘Not Myself‘ dedicated to the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last June. Proceeds from its sales will be donated to support the work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.

From her statement : “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”

And again : “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”.


The new song is a mournful and soulful piano ballad burdened by a redundant synth line on the background with the singer crooning:

“There’s too much to take / There’s too much at stake / And I want you to be yourself / Around me”.

In the meantime Sharon Van Etten has also scored for her first time a new indie film called ‘Strange Weather’ directed by Katherine Dieckmann  (Motherhood, Diggers) and starring Holly Hunter that will premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

 Fabrizio Lusso

Listen to ‘Not Myself’ below: