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Sharon Van Etten releases 'Not Myself' in memory of Orlando massacre victims

Judith Lynch

Sharon Van Etten has released a single in memory of the victims of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016.

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 more were wounded when a shooter entered the gay nightclub during Latin Night and proceeded to fire multiple rounds into the crowd.

Van Etten found herself “overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief” when she first heard the news of the shooting.

She wrote “Not Myself” for the victims and proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Everytown Safety Support Fund, a movement of Americans who work together to end gun violence.

“The victims were only trying to be themselves and be comfortable and safe in their surroundings,” Van Etten said on Bandcamp. “That safety was violated out of fear and with a gun.”

“Not Myself” is haunting with Van Etten singing over sparse piano and quiet, hymn-like backing vocals.

"I want you to be yourself around me/ I know it’s too much to take/ There’s too much at stake."

Listen to the full track here.

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