By Amanda Wicks
While some artists have taken to social media to share their reactions and thoughts about the week’s police shootings and the violence in Dallas, Miguel went a different route. The singer posted a new song reacting to the number of black lives lost, and questioning how things are ever going to change.
The bare song features only a futuristic synth and beat against which Miguel’s pained voice stands tall. “I’m tired of human lives turn into hashtags and prayer hands/ I’m tired of watching these murderers get off,” he sings in the opening measures.
Shortly after the 2 minute mark, things swell into a more powerful rhythm. His chorus strikes directly at the problem. “How many black lives, how many black lives?/ How many heartbeats turned into flatlines?” he sings.
He wrote in a message accompanying the post, “This version was started (written/recorded) here in London in my hotel room between the hours of 4am and around 7am when i passed out. ill update this song every week until its complete. Please feel free to share. #blacklives matter.”
Listen to a rough cut of “How Many” below.