Bay Area musician channels hope in her new song about the October wildfires

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Lyrics to "Everything" by Kate Lamont

through all the fires and phases
we're leaving love set to blazes
and now the peace that is missing
from all the fences we're building

your kryptonite raises the pain
of all of your brothers and sisters
but I am a mother not missing the game
if I leave with nothing it all stays the same

if you believe
and I believe
and we believe

everything we've been asking for is love
everything we've been asking for is love

it all burns to the ground
it all burns down around you
much is taken away
but to us much is given
and when the smoke clears here I wanna be livin life to the fullest

no longer helpless
for I am a mother not missing the game
if I leave you with nothing it all stays the same

if you believe
and they believe
then maybe we all believe

that everything we've been asking for is love
everything we've been asking for is love

When the wildfires broke out in October, the smoke traveled for miles. San Leandro-based recording artist Kate Lamont remembers it well, saying she would stare up at the sky, wondering if this is what it was like to “live in a war zone, devoid of hope.”

“My first memory was waking up to an incredible wind storm, smelling smoke, and wondering if the house was on fire,” the musician said. “Finding out the next day that Santa Rosa had been hit and total neighborhoods destroyed was incredibly sad.”

She remembers how the smoke lingered in the air for weeks, a grim reminder of the ongoing infernos that plagued the North Bay. Lamont said she was worried about friends and family here, and for the firefighters. So to process, she did what she does best – she wrote a song.

“It was a need to process the sadness that was literally all around us and find a way to stay positive,” she said. “I got home that day and sat at the piano and just started writing.”

October’s wildfires closely followed other major disasters in the country. Hurricane Harvey, the costliest tropical cyclone ever recorded, devastated Texas in August 2017. On Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing almost 60 people. Just a week later, the fires broke out. These came among social unrest throughout the country for various issues. Lamont drew on the pain for her work.

“I think it finally clicked when the piano started to match the feeling in the lyrics — tension resolving into beauty,” she said. “In a word: hope.”

But one family’s story struck a chord with her and drove her to finish the song. She was listening to an NPR report about a family from Santa Rosa who had lost everything, but still managed to put the focus on the love they had for their family and community.

“I thought, ‘That’s it. That’s everything.’ I sat down at the piano, rearranged the song and rewrote the verses,” she said. “It was what pulled me out of the darkness of that time, and I wanted to share that with the people of Santa Rosa.”

And she hopes her song will bring some comfort to the community up north that survived the fires.

“I believe music can be a source of healing,” she said. “There’s a lot of scientific evidence out there that supports the theory, but ultimately I think music is a cathartic experience for us ­— it taps into our vulnerability and can ‘speak for us’ when we don’t have the words.”

Lamont’s song will be released officially on Oct. 5, and it will be available on iTunes and all streaming music sites such Spotify. To visit her website, click here.

Lyrics to "Everything" by Kate Lamont

through all the fires and phases
we're leaving love set to blazes
and now the peace that is missing
from all the fences we're building

your kryptonite raises the pain
of all of your brothers and sisters
but I am a mother not missing the game
if I leave with nothing it all stays the same

if you believe
and I believe
and we believe

everything we've been asking for is love
everything we've been asking for is love

it all burns to the ground
it all burns down around you
much is taken away
but to us much is given
and when the smoke clears here I wanna be livin life to the fullest

no longer helpless
for I am a mother not missing the game
if I leave you with nothing it all stays the same

if you believe
and they believe
then maybe we all believe

that everything we've been asking for is love
everything we've been asking for is love

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