found inspiration where most of us have only seen devastation. The 55-year-old singer-songwriter has written a beautiful song about the Orlando shooting titled “Pulse,” after the venue where the tragedy occurred.
Etheridge’s explained her thoughts on writing the song to Rolling Stone:
I’m dealing with it the way I deal, which is, I wrote a song… That’s how I first started to cope because, as a singer songwriter, I feel very … I’ve done this before. I feel called to speak; to do what musicians do. We’ve been the town criers for hundreds of years. We’re mirrors of society. We want to try to make sense. We want to try to heal. We want to bring some meaning, some purpose. We also want to put it down forever in history. That’s how I’m coping.
As a member of the LGBT community, Etheridge said that she feels the tragedy is the greatest clash of opposites because that community is so rooted in love. She added that she doesn’t understand how they can be so hated for loving who they want. As for where she began with writing the song, she said she found the name of the club, Pulse, to be very poetic and meaningful (which it certainly is). “You just start thinking about your own pulse,” she said. “You come up with: ‘Everybody’s got a pulse / Love will always win because underneath the skin, everybody’s got a pulse.’ It’s the way I’ve always felt about the gay movement, the gay issue.”
Etheridge understands that many people are afraid and will continue to be afraid to go out to clubs, concerts and events in the coming months, but she hopes they will continue to celebrate. She said living in fear is how terrorism wins.
Currently on tour, Etheridge sang “Pulse” to a live audience for the first time last night in Torrington, Conn. The song is available for streaming via Soundcloud now, and will be available for purchase soon, with all proceeds going to an LGBTQ charity. Listen to the song via RS here, and find a video of Etheridge performing Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart” in 1993 below, via the Paste Cloud.