If you haven’t read Amanda Gormon’s amazing inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb,” what are you even doing? You should be reading it. Or better yet, listen to this house mix of it.
Yeah: that’s a hot beat.
The track was made by Demarkus Lewis, a prolific house music artist based in Dallas. Lewis has released hundreds of house tracks under his label “Grin Trax,” and the young poet’s words are only the latest to be adapted into a dance-floor-ready single.
Gormon is a rhythm poet, and the music of her words was already vibrant, so putting them to a beat was an obvious move. The track plays on the natural rhythm of the poetry, letting it flow and letting the young poet’s lyrics play on their natural tempo and assonance.
“The beat formed itself,” Lewis told music-journalism site Central Track in an interview on Thursday. “I logged on and heard it, and I was just floored with hope and inspiration. As soon as I parked, I ran to the studio and began making the music.”
Lewis attributes this inspiration to how he produced the track so quickly, releasing it within 24 hours of the speech airing.
Gormon herself has enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in the few days after the inauguration, with both of her books reaching #1 and #2 on Amazon’s sales ranking mere hours after her powerful presentation. Her first title, The Hill We Climb, is a collection of poems she’s written, and the second, Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem is an upcoming children’s book.
It’s clear that America cannot get enough of her powerful words, and rightfully so—the young poet has accomplished so much at such an early age that she ought to be celebrated through just as much art as she brings to the world. Her calls for unity and healing in the coming years will clearly not be soon forgotten.
Feature Image via The Wall Street Journal