PHOTO CREDIT: JORDAN MIZRAHI
Watch 'Tommy's Song' Here:
'Tommy’s Song" was written for singer Collin Walsh's cousin, Thomas Patrick Walsh, who took his own life last April. Tommy was just 20 years old.
The song is told from Collin's perspective of the event and the grief he felt. It was difficult and emotionally gut-wrenching for him to produce that he doubted that he would be able to use any of the vocal takes. The band and its producer soldiered on and ended up using these raw moments for the song.
Grayscale on the song:
"It was challenging for us to write a song in a way that we felt captured the impact of the situation appropriately. Tommy's Song' was written with the help of our friend, Skylar Patzer, who beautifully performed the piano track on this song, and also featured a choir singing the reprise and carrying the song through its grandiose ending."
"The first (and possibly last) time we performed this song live was on October 5, 2019 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA, on our first ever headline tour. We only wanted to perform this song the way it was intended to be realized, which was with a full gospel choir. The 1,100+ crowd sang with the choir in tandem, 'I heard Gospels singing in my head' to close out our most memorable show to date. The performance was exactly how we pictured it — beautiful and conclusive."
"Today, we wanted to share with you the impact of this song," the band says. "We captured 'Tommy's Song' live on camera so that you can watch and feel what it was like that night, and to show you how this story has affected not just Collin and the band, but every single person in the room that night."
The band has set up a donation link alongside the video for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Donations will be live for a week, after which Grayscale will reveal the total sum raised.