EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Portland's Pat Kearns gives you somber nostalgia blended with hope about moving on with "So Long City"

Music Video
Share Tweet Submit Pin

Pat Kearns has done it all: produce, write, sing, play and he has been doing so out of Portland for the last few decades. His debut solo release “So Long City” however found its own sound outside of the city limits. This new album tells a story of leaving his hometown without really leaving home. Kearns decided to split his time evenly between Portland and his newfound love for the desert — a soul split in two, yet finally found. A folksy acoustic sound with intimate lyrics, ‘So Long City’ is an ode to his homes: both the potential in the future and the pleasant fondness of his past. 

His title track and featured video starts with a harmonica that immediately brings the listener to the oral tradition of folk. Kearns lyrics describe him leaving Portland after its growth as a city — as well as his newfound disconnect from the change and development, a feeling many fellow Portlanders can relate to. 

He recently told us he wrote the title track to his album, So Long City, after taking a walk in SE Portland and becoming disoriented because the neighborhood he had lived in for over 25 years had changed so much, and so quickly, that he no longer recognized any of the buildings or people just a few blocks from his house.  On the video Pat said, "Joshua James Huff, my wife Susan Kearns and I came up with the concept of filming our friends lip synching the song in front of the many construction sites around Portland. And appropriately for Portland, OR, any time Joshua started filming, it started raining."

The video features plenty of Portland royalty who are also very aware of the current changes happening in their city; Hank Failing, The Cool Whips, Sons of Huns, Miller and Sasser, Anna Hoone, Alex from In Music We Trust, The Very Foundation, The Low Bones, Greg Odell, Pynnacles, and Cracker Bash.

 It will be a sad day for Portland when they realize they have pushed out everything and everyone that made it what it is and the phrase So Long City becomes just as famous as Keep Portland Weird. Kudos to Pat Kearns and this release for something beautiful still there.

-Lou Flesh

Also in Music