Doug Levitt, Songwriter of America’s Economy
For more than ten years, singer-songwriter Doug Levitt because a very long Greyhound trip back and forth across America to gather the many stories, songs, pictures, and memories of the many bus passengers he encountered. His quest brought him face to face with individuals of all walks of life who for one reason or another met with present economic struggles along the road of life. His project, which he has called the “Greyhound Diaries” is the source material, thus far, for two EP recordings, a book, and a web series.
His ongoing project has been federally sponsored in order to bring attention to economic hardships. Levitt also makes performances at various places to share his music, pictures, and stories gleaned from his extensive travels. Doug Levitt has had an interesting path to this current years-long project. He was raised in Washington, D.C., the son of Councilmember Carol Schwartz. He credits his mother with instilling deep love and respect for politics and civics-related subjects It was also during these years that his entire outlook was deeply impacted by his father’s suicide.
Being raised in Washington, D.C. was also extremely helpful for his future career because helped him be more accepting of people who aren’t like him. Its been a very multicultural city with a variety of kind of lifestyles and economic levels also aided him. As did attending public schools which exposed him to all of this. When he grew up the talented young man became a CNN correspondent.
After coming back to America from his station in Europe, Levitt became inspired to use these gifts to help the obviously growing poverty level. He has been on the road since 2004. Since that time overall, the economic conditions of the country are better. However, Levitt says there are still a whole lot of people out there still struggling. For his project, Levitt said the bus industry was the key since financially struggling people often tend to take the bus. And with bus giant Greyhound he has very ample resources since it services a whopping 2,200 destinations all across the country.
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