The landscape of home pulls at me -- the pulsing sound of cicadas, those humid summer days that make everything slow down, the rolling hills and tall wildflowers of Ohio.
I wrote Run Away my senior year of college after living away from home for over three years. Graduation was quickly approaching, a new reminder of the growing distance between me and my childhood. In that time of unknowns about my future, I craved the comfort of a place where I belonged. I craved the land and trees and water that I knew so well. But I also longed for a past self, a simpler time when I built forts in the pine woods.
While we cannot hold onto our childhoods forever, I believe we can stay connected to our local environments. My generation is moving far from home. It is a strange turn in human history for young people to be leaving those who raised them to live in places unknown to them. For me, the unsettled feeling that comes from having moved away manifests itself in my desire to be in touch with Ohio’s changing seasons. I want to know if the black-eyed seasons are in full bloom or if Joe Pyeweed has grown tall.
We have a responsibility to know the land around us, regardless of where we are currently living. When we move to a new place, let us introduce ourselves to the white oak in the backyard and the sugar maples up and down the street. Let us learn the names of cattails, lambsquarters, monarda, and loosestrife. When we know our neighbors, we will work to protect them.
This music video was filmed on our trip to Ohio, where we began this residency. We hoped to capture that week of uninterrupted creativity, as well as film the landscape that this song longs for. We want to thank Kate for this opportunity to share our voices and our musings with the Loam community. This residency has challenged and nourished us in surprising ways. And we think that the work that you all are doing is inspiring.
We’d also like to give our gratitude to Robin Wall-Kimmerer who guided much of our thinking throughout this residency. Her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, was hugely influential on our songwriting, our conversations, and our relationships to the natural world. Do yourselves a favor and go get a copy.
Molly, Julia, and Abigail