Today we’re premiering the acoustic video for William Fitzsimmons’ “Pittsburgh.”
The song appears on his upcoming mini-album of the same name, a collection of seven songs about the city where he was born and raised.
This love song opens with a steady strum that leads into Fitzsimmons’ sweet and breathy vocal.
Then it delicately unwinds like a silk thread leading to a lovely and uncertain question mark.
Fitzsimmons shares, ”The word "Pittsburgh," to me, is probably the most loaded word in my entire lexicon. It conjures about a dozen different meanings, a hundred different emotions, and a thousand memories, both terrible and joy-filled. It's a place I still call my hometown, but is never without incredibly mixed emotions when I return. This song and record are about laying to rest that part of home that one is never quite able to get back."
Fitzsimmons credits the gift of music to his mother, and consequently his grandmother. In October 2014, his grandmother passed away and during the three days spent putting her to rest, Pittsburgh was formed. The seven songs are in memoriam to her and in remembrance of the city they shared.
Pittsburgh follows Fitzsimmons’ 2014 full-length Lions (produced by Chris Walla/Death Cab For Cutie), which debuted at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums’ chart, as well as Top 5 on the Folk Albums chart.
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