Eunice Keitan takes an emotional flight with her new single and video Hope Is A Bird — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
For her latest track, the Montreal-born, Toronto-based singer/songwriter, acoustic world artist and 2018 Toronto Independent Music Award nominee uses the power of song and personal experience to inspire and support those struggling with depression.
“Hope is a Bird is about struggling with depression,” Keitan pinpoints, noting it’s something she herself has experienced. “The song touches on the isolation, thought processes, and fears of a person struggling with their mental health, to the blossoming of hope through the loving support of a community.”
Known for her rich, soulful vocals, Keitan increasingly noticed through her International travels and upbringing that everyday people around the world struggle through harsh realities.
“This impacted my perception of social issues at play in the lives of people around the world,” she recalls. “That impact surfaces in the themes of many of my songs,” in reference to her forthcoming EP, which includes topics of mental health, addiction, abuse, and social change.
Beyond her own experience — both observational and personal — Keitan was also inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem, Hope Is The Thing With Feathers. “I found relief in the poetry of the eccentric poet who herself had a history with mental illness,” she shares.
The video for Hope Is A Bird lands as a relatable, approachable way to put a face to something so many grapple with. “The concept comes from the idea that depression is a more common experience than most people would imagine,” Keitan empathizes. “Each line of the song is sung by a different person to give the idea that it’s something that effects people from all backgrounds and walks of life. It comes full circle in the end, however, since healing and hope also comes from community and the comfort in the shared experience.”