My last release, Garden, centered on the story of one amazing woman, a pseudo-saint whom I met in hospice. (You can read an excerpt from her story in the video description.) This special friend died on a cool morning in late October of 2017—the same morning that I happened to be in the studio, recording her song. It was a strange but meaningful synchrony that inspired a new chapter in my music.
Supported by a Princeton fellowship, I’ve spent the past year working on a record that is shaped by reflections and experiences from the world of hospice. The stories range from New Jersey to New Delhi, from patients to providers, from adults to children. The project has enabled me to meet some truly unique individuals, many of whom have devoted their careers to rethinking the way that we live and die.
Throughout the next few months, I’ll be posting periodically to shine some light on the stories and themes behind the record. If you or someone you know has a story from hospice that you’d like to share, please reach out—I’d love to hear it.