Prayer For Lonely People

by Anika Pyle

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I wrote this as a sort of universal meditation for all grieving, hurting, or lonely people. It was intended for people I love and miss. But it's taken a different meaning in the past few weeks.

A bunch of my friends and family helped me make a beautiful music video that captures the universal alone-togetherness of stay-at-home. They're all dancing around to the song. It was SO NICE to see them. I couldn't edit it without crying.

It's a nod to my dad as well, who passed away last year in October. Most of our relationship was long distance because of divorce, addiction, incarceration, or physical proximity. I thought of him a lot while writing this. I didn't think I had a video of my dad at all to include but once I was deep into the editing process, I started going through the photos on my computer to make room for all the video clips. I found this amazing video of my dad from the best day we ever had together where we ate ice cream and went shoe shopping (my dad had an affinity for women's shoes). I was so glad I found it and he could be a part of it.

Thinking a lot about the many black children who have lost their fathers to racist violence and the many incarcerated fathers who might never know their children. Thinking about the feeling of speaking to your father through prison glass. A social distance too many black men and men of color know but should never have to.

Thanks everyone for listening. Hope this makes you feel less alone.

xo
A


P.S. I am selling prints in my webstore directly benefitting G.L.I.T.S. - Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society - and their fundraiser to buy two buildings in NYC to create long-term, stable housing and services for transgender people of color exiting Rikers Island and trans refugees seeking safety and asylum.

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I hope you're happy
I hope you feel loved
I hope you find somebody
Who makes you feel
Like you're enough

I know you get lonely
When you rest your
Head your head at night
Feel me hold you closely
Even when I'm out of sight

It's always the little things
That keep us up at night
It's always the little things
That make it right
Make it right

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released June 12, 2020
Words & Keys by Anika Pyle
Co-produced, recorded & mixed by
Matt Schimelfenig at The Bunk in Henryville, PA
Mastered by Justin Francis in Nashville, TN

Black & White photo on the cover by Jess Flynn
Sky photo on the cover by David Williams

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