Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Litman recently released a new, “non-political” single. In Litman’s own words: “It is called ‘Nothing’. I wrote it during the blackout that followed Hurricane Sandy in New York, when I had nothing to do but wander the streets and read by candlelight in my dark apartment for four days.”
He jokes: “Perhaps you'll be able to smell the stink on me after four days without a hot shower if you listen closely enough! The song doesn't specifically deal with the storm, but the general malaise of the moment surely crept in.”
While Ltman's vocals are often compared to those of Elvis Costello, his lyrics are perhaps more universal. More importantly, Litman has this distinct ability to speak for the underdog. He is an audio Everyman and this song simply presents further enjoyable evidence of that. The message here is one to which many can relate. (In fact, if your rather reclusive writer had a real social life this would work quite well as a theme song for it.)
The song even has an accompanying video that Litman shot “during and after the storm.” It includes song lyrics and a simple yet effective visual presentation. More significantly, it marks the official beginning of a project he has been working on for some time.
Litman elaborates: “This is the first of several singles I'm planning to release on the first Thursday of every month for as long as I can keep it up. The releases will range from fully produced new songs like this one (and next month's) to acoustic versions of old songs, live tracks, an EP, videos remixes, etc. . . . the point is something will come out on the first Thursday of every month.”
The new number is a “no minimum”, “pay-what-you-wish" purchase and is available on Litman’s Bandcamp site and "all the usual places” such as iTunes, CD Baby and so forth. Check it out, music fans, and you just might agree that “Nothing”’s perfect.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that's the bottom line.