Rising rock artist uses his music to speak out on key racial issues and social concerns.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 04, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Independent rock artist, Chris Lewis who releases music under the name Filo Betto, does not consider himself a crusader, but his recent release “Common Answers”, now available on all music streaming platforms, may change that. The song was inspired by Chris’ reaction to the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. “This is a song that wrote itself, which doesn’t always happen,” says Lewis. “I pay attention to the news and have always been a progressive thinker on social issues.” Chris goes on to explain what happened while he watched the news coverage of George Floyd being slowly suffocated by former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. “When I watched those 9 minutes, it changed me in a fundamental way. I was screaming at the TV for Chauvin to let him [Floyd] stand up and when George Floyd died, I cried hard…then I got angry! How has our society come to this and how can we make things better.”
Chris has something to say on the topic of race relations in our nation and is using his music as an outlet to express his views. “Being a Caucasian male in America, I have heard racial slurs all my life. I didn’t understand the impact and destructive nature of hearing and using that type of language as a young man”, Chris reflects. “Some folks cannot even admit there is a problem. Acknowledging it would go a long way to changing the way people think about race and how we treat one another. Validation of another man’s struggle is such a simple act, but many cannot even do that.”
As the lyrics proclaim, “Common Answers” is a song about the transformation from a spectator watching human injustice to becoming a participant by helping to change the world around us:
// I saw a man die today, oh why. Driven by fear and hate and trust in nobody. It’s easy to look away, doesn’t concern my time.//
// Now I’m telling you I’m changing my life It’s the one thing I control and I can see it clearly now. I intend to find Common Answers to the way we live our lives.//
The song goes on to express the heartache Chris felt during the Floyd murder:
// I never thought that one man kneeling could set the world on fire. When one man said, “I can’t breath. I’m goin’ out. Mama I’m coming home, home. All the world is watching me, I can’t breath. I can’t..”//
Chris hopes “Common Answers” will encourage listeners to pause for a few minutes and think about the state of society; “Now is the time to fix this and find a way to live together without killing one another. Pretty deep stuff for one little song but that is how I felt then and now!”
Chris Lewis is a guitarist and singer-songwriter for the band Filo Betto and has been recording music for over 25 years. He is an unsigned artist and plans to tour in Spring 2021 depending on the world’s COVID 19 situation.
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