“Her” - Gracie and Rachel
The morning of Thursday, September 27th, 2018, an eager anticipation woke us up in our Brooklyn loft unusually early. With our hearts racing, we tuned into the hearings of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Amidst Dr. Ford’s emotionally brave testimony, Kavanaugh’s flippant denial, and an amalgamation of statements from an assembly of both incredibly compassionate and unbelievably ruthless senators, we made a new song. And it was for her.
Once the hearings were over, we began putting a video together to more fully capture the inspiration behind this song. We wanted to point to women, from a range of walks of life, women who have taken a stance when it wasn’t necessarily easy to do so. Our goal was to highlight the courage it takes to call something out loud and to stand up tall when the odds may not be in our favor.
The women in this piece are just a few among many who inspire us to continue to use our voices and demand to be heard. The conclusory chorus lyric “never look back again” doesn’t imply we shouldn’t look back on the women who have taught us how to lead the way — we most absolutely should — but that we should always move bravely into the future. We hope with our song to thank the women who have empowered us so selflessly and perhaps to inspire those still searching to find their own strengths.
In order of appearance:
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Anita Hill, Tarana Burke, Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (Halsey), Aly Raisman, Ashley Judd, Amanda Nguyen, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher (confronting Jeff Flake), Malala Yousafzai, Naomi Wadler, Emma Gonzales, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kiran Gandhi (Madame Gandhi), Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Manning, Janelle Monae, Gloria Steinem, Laverne Cox, Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner) Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), Maria Hamilton (mother of Dontre Hamilton), Lucy McBath (mother of Jordan Davis), Lezley McSpadden (mother of Michael Brown), Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley (mother of Hadiya Pendleton), Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland), Resistance Revival Chorus, Ginny Suss, Sandra Muller, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Andrea Constand, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Alicia Garza, Jazz Jennings, Kesha Rose Sebert (Kesha), Ani DiFranco, Sally Yates, Sandra Pezqueda, Janet Mock, Dylan Farrow, Edie Windsor, Alyssa Milano, Tarana Burke, Anita Hill, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Music and lyrics by Gracie and Rachel.
Co-written and co-produced by Garrett Eaton.