Ghost-Note bassist MonoNeon shared a new original song to his Bandcamp on Monday which was lyrically inspired by the recent events pertaining to race relations which have engulfed cities across the country over the past week.
Entitled “Breathing While Black”, the slower-tempo track runs at four minutes in length and hears the talented bassist soulfully express himself via the lyrics, “Breathing while black/You took me from my roots/Now I want it back/You beat me when I’m down/We are crying for help don’t you see the problem all around/Do my tears have to be white for you to understand me?”
MonoNeon typically shares new singles and album projects directly to his Bandcamp page rather than other streaming platforms, and usually without any pre-release announcement. Stream the new single in full below.
MonoNeon – “Breathing While Black”
MonoNeon was one of the 60+ artists who partook in Quarantine Comes Alive this past Saturday, as the bassist virtually teamed up with members of Ghost-Note, Magic Beans, The Motet, and more for a remote edition of Purple Party: A Celebration of Prince. Watch the full remote tribute to Prince from Quarantine Comes Alive here.
Breathing while black
U took me from my roots
Now I want it back
U beat me when I’m down
We R crying for help don’t U see the problem all around
Do my tears have to be white 4 U to understand me
That can’t be right
We R tired and angry
Mad at the world
— Dywane Thomas Jr. (@MonoNeon) June 3, 2020