Musician and activist Samora Pinderhughes just released his latest single “Process.” Written in collaboration with and produced by Jack DeBoe, the song is part of their VENUS project featuring songs about the realities of depression, anxiety, labor, miscommunication and identity, and follows his deeply personal song & video for “Inertia.” “Process” will have a powerful accompanying short film that was created in collaboration with director Christian Padron, and the Process World website (http://itsaprocess.world).
In addition to the song and short film, Process World is a space to explore all of the ways we process our lives and will feature a community space for people to share their own experiences of grief, sorrow and how they process them. Initial contributors sharing their personal reflections on the idea of “process” include Esperanza Spalding, Leslie Odom Jr., Mahogany Browne, Sara Bareilles, Vijay Iyer, Rafael Casal and Lazarus Lynch. Look for the short film and full site to launch next week.
“I wrote this song in the midst of a low time. About loss, about shame, about grief,” notes Samora. “I wrote it to try and be kinder to myself. It asks questions about what honesty sounds like, what care feels like. I wrote it to counteract the ways that we are all taught to bury so much about us, so much that we feel. I wrote it to honor what pain really feels like, and what grace hopefully looks like.”
Samora adds, “‘Process’ is my favorite song because it’s my most personal song. It got me through the loss of my grandfather, and the guilt of knowing he felt my depression even as I cared for him. It was my way to understand and verbalize what I was going through, and confirm to myself that it’s okay to feel the way I feel… that it’s okay for me to not be able to ‘conquer’ everything that weighs me down in a day, or a month. That it is truly a process: one day at a time, holding yourself to account but also trying your best to love yourself in a world that’s taught you not to. And it allowed me to connect with so many people as I sang it in live shows, as I found so many who shared my pain and my feelings.”
NPR Music and WBGO recently shared Samora’s 2018 concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. The video features a live performance of “Process,” and several tracks from his Black Spring EP, which was released earlier this year. Watch here: https://n.pr/39OSVvX.