Artist: Katie Callahan
Hometown: I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, but currently live in Baltimore, Maryland.
Album: The Water Comes Back
Release Date: October 22, 2021.
In Their Words: “‘Lullaby’ was written on the edge of the pandemic, before any of us could’ve imagined the way parenting and work and school and home could be enmeshed so completely. I’m the default parent in our home, and as our time in quarantine wore on, the need for me to have projects and goals and work became more and more evident, and this song became a bit of a meditation for me. It reminded me to be kind to myself and name the courage in those trying to pursue their creativity in the margins of these days that feel both ordinary and overwhelming.
“A friend from my Catholic middle school days, Erin Bagwell, is a filmmaker, and we’d reconnected a few years back. Her latest film (Year One) chronicles her first year of motherhood and her journey with postpartum depression, and I felt like ‘Lullaby’ fit right into her narrative. I shared the song with her and we began constructing the idea for this video: a clearly timestamped snapshot of people doing their best to care for those around them — in work, in the home, wherever — and finding moments of peace, clarity, and purpose in the margins. It’s the arc of a day, at once complicated and simple, an affirmation for those — like me — who need to be reminded that pursuing purpose is courageous, and no matter how anxious the moment, peace is in those quiet, still times of mothering ourselves to bits.” — Katie Callahan
Photo credit: Quinn Struke