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"Searise" - The Single and The Music Video

Updated: Mar 7

An Anders/O'Bitz Single featuring Evelyn Anders

It was late summer of 2018 and I heard my just-turned-eleven-year-old daughter, Evelyn (Evy), playing piano and singing in the living room. I asked her whose song she was singing and she said it was her own. She only had a part of the first verse done, but it sounded great:

Don't let me fall / Don't let me break / Don't let me suffer / Every single mistake

These were Evy's original lyrics--not far from the opening lyrics of "Searise". We kept most of the same words and the same piano part she was playing back then. At the time, she said she didn't really know where to take it from there. I told her I loved it and asked if Mark O'Bitz and I could help her finish it. She agreed, we finished the song, and ... the song sat around for about two years.

Around the same time Mark and I finished "Searise" that summer, we had just finished Of All These Things and were well into our work on Ghosts To Ancestors. About a month or so later, I decided to do a concept album on the George Saunders novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, I had just read. Mark and I took some time off from Ghosts To Ancestors to write and release the demo for "Matterbloomlight." You can hear Evy singing the backing vocals with her then eight-year-old sister, Lilah, on this 2018 demo--completed almost two years before American Bardo came out.

You can hear Evy sing the lead with me on "Searise," starting about half-way through. You can hear Lilah, now eleven, singing backing vocals with us towards the end.

We didn't include "Searise" (what we used to call "Evy's Song") on either American Bardo or Ghosts To Ancestors because it didn't feel quite right style-wise. I think I knew that it would be released as a single one day.


In December of 2020, I had just released the first installment of our "music in the time of coronavirus" collection, "Careful Now My Son," and we were finishing up Sirens Go By. I was hoping to find a music video artist to do a video for one of my favorite songs from Sirens Go By, "Always Almost," so I sent the song and a few others to Basque artist Joseba Elorza (Greenday).

Joseba was very interested in working with us, but he liked "Searise" the best of all the songs I had sent to him--and he had always wanted to do a climate change project.

I noticed that Joseba had a lot of space and astronaut imagery in his prior work. I asked if we could use my father's photo, "Earthrise," in the video and Joseba was game. "Earthrise" really fit with the music video's narrative, especially since "Earthrise" is considered an icon of the environmentalist movement.


The inclusion of my father's photograph in a music video for a song written by his son and granddaughter makes the video a three-generation project for the Anders involved in it. The name "Searise" is derived from the name "Earthrise."

"Earthrise" - Taken by William Anders in 1968 during the Apollo VIII mission, the first mission around the moon.

For more on "Earthrise" see my blog post, "'Earth Rise' and Earthrise."


Searise

(©2018 Eric Anders/Evelyn Anders/Mark O’Bitz)


Don’t let us fall

Don’t let us break

Don’t let us suffer

Your mistakes


We won’t know

And we won’t find

A working world

You leave behind


You raised us so

We’d be more caring, see

Before you go

Clean the mess you leave


We don’t want

Left your sullied world

And we don’t want

Your betrayal so


I … I don’t want to be

Pushed up the mountains

By a rising sea


I … I don’t understand

How you make a sea

Of a promised land


Oooh Oh

Oooh Oh


You raised us so

We’d be more caring, see

Before you go

Clean the mess you leave


We don’t want

Left your sullied world

And we don’t want

This betrayal so


I … I don’t want to be

Pushed up the mountains

By a rising sea


I … I don’t understand

How you make a sea

Of a promised land


Oooh Oh

Oooh Oh


We need to know

How much time

Just got it started

Living life

We need to know


Released March 5, 2021

Written by Eric Anders, Evelyn Anders, and Mark O’Bitz

Produced and Mixed by Mike Butler

Mastered by Jamal Ruhe for Listen Up Mastering

Cover Design and Music Video by Joseba Elorza


Eric Anders and Evelyn Anders - Vocals

Eric Anders, Evelyn Anders, and Lilah Anders - Backing Vocals

Mike Butler - Drums and Percussion, Bass, Electric Guitars, Lap Steel

David Yuter - Piano

Mark O’Bitz - Piano