In the eastbound lane of New York City, there lived a man named Alex Pall. His drive was to tinker with the DJ for a living, and while the manifestations of his goals became more and more defined, his affinity for the means to his end result became complimented with the necessity to understand that in order to do what exactly he so loved to do, he had to run straight directly at his aims, despite the astigmatisms surrounding his over boiling passion for audible aesthetics.
He was grinding at a part-time job in an art display during this mindset which took over his whole paradigm, and in those weeks he would traverse to the locations of New York City where mics would be held, and it was there he would perform his truth and beauty. His accompanying music supervisor then informed him of an Andrew Taggart who exhibited an interest in replacing the now seatless band mate who walked out on Alex Pall prior to his meeting with Andrew Taggart.
In regards to Andrew Taggart, he began his commute by going to an institution of learnedness in the land of Maine. He originally possessed a direction to finish college. He too had an affection for the beats of electronic masterpieces, but his coeds framed his preferences and tastes for the music as a joke. After senior year came and went through, the electronic was in the air and people were buying records left and right as Andrew Taggart caught wind of the New York bust in getting DJs on the forefront of entertainment. He exported well-done songs to the SoundCloud website, and also pulled off a few public events with his music intact before being motioned into the Big City where an Alex Pall was in need of a new bandmate.
The Greyhound Diaries was a master project that lasted over a decade, involving more than 100,000 miles traveling spree via the American wide-range operating buses ‘Greyhound.’ The travel involved gathering stories, songs, pictures as well as memories and life experiences of most of the Americans that were traveling by the Greyhound buses. Greyhound was drawn from the 1930 WPA-era projects that tried to get an inner image of how the American society was struggling to cope during the crisis times spawned by severe economic depression. Doug Levitt, the brainchild behind the project, talks of how a larger population of America is still struggling to make a living.
The Diary generally tries to demystify the widely held opinion about the American society. With the travel covering over 2,200 destinations across America, Doug Levitt finds out defining aspects of the tiny towns that are not majorly covered in the mainstream Media. Focusing on concepts like the great depression of 2008, Levitt admits that people were disillusioned to believe on the mild effect of the recession to Americans. Places like Washington were somehow recession-proof, yet some experienced the full debilitating effect of the depression. The recession was caused by subprime (mortgage) crisis, yet there was an untold story of sub-subprime crisis across America. Some Americans were caught in an awkward situation that they couldn’t even imagine being able to buy a home.
The Diary summarizes the sidelined institutional issues in America, and how the societies tend to cope with struggling life. The project has resulted to numerous songs, stories, one-man shows, published writings, photo exhibits as well as web series being produced to elaborate the real experience of Americans.
About Doug Levitt
Levitt is a man of noble status who had to lower his ego to establish what a common American goes through. Born to a former Washington D.C. city council-member and mayor candidate, Levitt earned his master’s in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He later became the London-based correspondent for several news outlets including CNN, Fox News, and The WSJ among others. He later switched career from foreign correspondent to singer-songwriter where he has released several records.