Karima Francis takes on the homeless crisis in the latest song, ‘Shelf Life‘, which was inspired by the issues in Los Angeles, California. The gentle and somber song does an excellent and respectful job bringing the issue to the forefront. By using heartfelt emotive vocals and lyrics as well of the visuals in the video, ‘Shelf Life‘ gets right to the heart of things. I happen to love this song because it’s an issue near and dear to my heart. I’m impressed how the song is able to humanize this issue. It’s an issue that the city, and to some extent the state, has worked on for longer than I’ve been alive. However politics always gets in the way of real results. Here’s what Karima Francis had to say about ‘Shelf Life‘:
The music was inspired by the homelessness crisis out in LA. I was just devastated by what I was seeing and the contrast between the rich and poor out there was uncomfortable to see
I can certainly understand the concern. In the United States, it’s hard for us to get everyone on the same page. We need a resolution. Every time we get one it gets buried underneath the next person in charge. However, just like the mass shootings, we see a lot of people suffering because of political priorities. Yet people and organizations work diligently to do what they can. As a result they are able to keep the issue in the forefront of the collective conversation. While that might not sound like much, it does allow for organizations to receive funding that help to alleviate the situation, if only momentarily.
I’d love to see a lot more being done. It would be amazing if we could all come together as humans and work to find a permanent solution. I believe songs like these help tremendously as they help to breathe life back into these issues and humanize them all while keeping them in the forefront of the converstation. I highly recommend you have a listen to ‘Shelf Life‘. You can watch the music video down below. As always, if you like what you hear then let’s keep good music coming by supporting these artists. Remember to follow the artist and spread the word! Artists Links below.