Video Premiere: Rachel Grimes – “For So Long”

Rachel Grimes is a Louisville-based musician who was a founding member of post-classical chamber ensemble Rachel’s (incidentally, not named after her) and, since the mid-2010s, has been staking a bold claim as a composer to watch.

Today, as the world debates whether Columbus “discovered” America or merely raided it, we here at MusicTAP provide the world premiere for a video featuring a song off her new folk opera, The Way Forth, which is coming out Nov. 1 via Temporary Residence.

Want a quick summary of the video’s content? Here’s what Grimes had to say about it: “A contemporary man reflects on the disorienting pain and loss that is the emotional legacy of generations of the colonial American patriarchal family structure.”

Heady stuff, indeed. She recently told MusicTAP she intended to jostle listeners’ thoughts about history and memory. This video surely is a shot fired in that direction. – Justin Vellucci, MusicTAP, Oct. 14, 2019


About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.