Hey locavores, check out some exciting news from LLF-partner and local singer songwriter René Moffatt!
On Monday, February 27th, DC-based singer-songwriter René Moffatt releases his first music video, Route 42, a song about the trials and tribulations of commuting via bus in the District.
The song, featured on Moffatt’s debut EP Here And Now Is Home was inspired by Moffatt’s daily commute through the heart of the city on the well-known Mt. Pleasant line primarily serviced by the 42 bus.
Over the last few years, Moffatt has spent countless hours waiting for this bus and decided to pen a song in tribute. Live performances of Route 42 have yielded a growing following for the song as listeners (and riders) empathize with this experience that so many District residents endure daily.
THE SONG: The hook-filled melody-driven acoustic homage follows the 42 bus through Farragut Square, Dupont Circle, ending in Mt. Pleasant where, in the video, a surprising twist of fate occurs. Moffat wrote the music and lyrics for Route 42 and the song was recorded and produced by prominent area producer Marco Delmar of Recording Arts.
THE VIDEO: The music video for Route 42 was partially funded in part by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and a successful Kickstarter Campaign. Produced by American University film graduate student Alex Bryant, the video was shot on locations throughout the District in mid September 2011.
THE WEBSITE: Moffatt designed and developed the42bus.com to host the video. The website is sponsored by local businesses in and around the 42 bus’ route.
LOCAL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION: During the week of February 27-March 4th, area businesses will be featuring promotional products inspired by the Route 42 music video.
Participating businesses and products include:
Tryst: Route 42 Signature Cocktail for $4.20
The Diner: Route 42 Signature Cocktail for $4.20
Hello Cupcake: Signature logo Route 42 Cupcake
Yola: Route 42 Latte
Flying Fish: Route 42 Rocky Road Bus Tire – (chocolate cake with caramel, dipped in chocolate with Rocky Road crumble)
THE ARTIST: René Moffatt is a DC-based singer-songwriter who has lived and worked in the District for the past 6 years. Well-known in the local music community for writing memorable melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Moffatt has emerged as an accomplished songwriter in the greater DMV area. Moffatt recently received was recently awarded an Honorable Mention from the Songwriters Association of Washington for his song Demons On Your Sleeve and his debut recording Here And Now Is Home has been nominated for a 2012 Wammie for best Contemporary in the Folk/Contemporary Recording category.
Moffatt, a native Texan, has lived, worked, and performed primarily on the East Coast for the past ten years.
Route 42 Website: http://www.the42bus.com