Hear 'Believe in Baltimore,' a song written by local kids, members of Future Islands and other bands
By By Brandon Weigel
Jul 21, 2015 | 4:51 PM
Plenty ofarthas been inspired by the Baltimore Uprising, and now we get a chance to hear from young people.
Local radio station WTMD had a group of students from the Believe In Music program, part of the Living Classrooms Foundation, join with members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, Celebration, the Bridge, and other bands to write and record 'Believe In Baltimore.' The song blends rock, pop, and hip-hop to deliver a message of hope, that the kids won't let Baltimore "crumble into mass destruction," while also looking to work for change.
A video for the song, directed by Chris LaMartina, shows the kids performing in the studio alongside William Cashion of Future Islands, Ed Harris and Mike Lowry of Mt. Royal, Caleb Stine, Letitia VanSant, Cara Satalino of Outer Spaces, and others.
Soon after the night of rioting last April, Believe in Music founder Kenny Liner asked students to write lyrics and melodies inspired by the events. Satalino took those ideas and wrote the song in a day. Cashion and Lowry, who is also the touring drummer for Future Islands, arranged it. Katrina Ford and Sean Antanaitis of Celebration supplied backing vocals and keyboards, and Jana Hunter of Lower Dens worked as a vocal coach with the students.
WTMD bills it as "one of the largest collaborations in the history of Baltimore's music scene."
You can watch the video for 'Believe in Baltimore' below. The song will be available for free download tomorrow. Windjammer, the sold-out Pier Six show with Future Islands, Beach House, and Dan Deacon headlining, benefits Believe In Music.