This is a deeply affecting video from Leon Majcen. It’s hard not to be moved by the way the video is cut through with documentary-like footage of Stanley Ellertson, whose life story shows how easily a life can unravel. Stanley talks about The American Dream before saying: “It just didn’t work out that way,” in a narrative that will reflect many of the lives represented by the statistics at the end of the video. And this is the same American Dream shared by all those walking past in the street.
Majcen explains further: “When I first moved up to New York City, I was shocked to see how many people were living on the streets. It wasn’t until I heard stories of people freezing to death on park benches during the winter months that I was shaken up enough to write a song about it.
Majcen has started a fundraiser for Ellertson, which you can donate to here. The video is an excellent piece of work in itself, which means you can easily overlook the quality of the song too. Majcen’s songcraft is excellent. Check it out.