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I live in a place where it feels like visiting hours are always over. A blueish light from someone else’s tv flickers through the hallway, in through the doorway left ajar. The sheet and blanket are not quite warm enough to keep the chill from your bones after the sun has gone down. The experts used to stop by to extract blood, suggests tests, to cut, remove, and transplant. These days they look at the chart, shake their heads, and talk amongst themselves, never asking how I feel or what I want. I want to be left alone but I don’t want to be alone. Lost in thought, I had not noticed the change in the room. A bouquet of flowers had been placed on the table by the side of the bed. I lifted the card to read it. The light coming in from the street was just bright enough for me to make out the words. The note said, We are your flowers Breathe in the fragrance Drink in the color Let it surround you We are in your dreams And we are here now We see you We love you Stay beautiful My head sank into the pillow. I smiled. I am ready. The words echoed in my head as I drifted off to sleep… We see you We love you Stay beautiful


A note about this song, from Damon Locks:

"An ode to Chicago: In a hospital room, doctors and nurses come in and out, evaluating, recommending, prepping, and testing. But once visiting hours are over the patient is left alone with their thoughts, ruminating on the intimidating lack of agency and loneliness of losing control of their own circumstances. Drifting towards despair, they discover flowers in the room. There is a note attached that expresses what I would say to Chicago in its most precarious condition.

“We see you. We love you. Stay beautiful.”

I am very happy to be able to share this song at this time. It is a fitting message for this moment we are living through. I hope you all stay safe."


released April 7, 2020

Angel Bat Dawid (clarinets), Dana Hall (drums, percussion), Damon Locks (electronics, bells, voice), Arif Smith (percussion).

Phillip Armstrong, Monique Golding, Eric McCarter, Tramaine Parker, Lauren Robinson.

Anna Martine Whitehead, Raven Lewis (Move Me Soul), Cheyenne Spencer (Move Me Soul), Mary Thomas (Move Me Soul), Bryonna Young (Move Me Soul), Tiarra Young (Move Me Soul).

Outfits by: Jamie Hayes of Production Mode.

Additional Performers:
Rayna Golding, Keisha Janae, Anna Martine Whitehead, Erica Rene.

Lyrics & Music Composed by: Damon Locks.

Recorded & Mixed by: Charlie Mammoser.
Mastered by: Casey Rice & David Allen.

Cover Art by: Damon Locks

Recorded Live at Garfield Park Conservatory, as part of Red Bull Music Festival, Chicago, November 15th, 2018.


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