Music Video Premiere: Lovett Presents ‘Don’t Freak Out,’ an All-American Song With a Universal Theme
November 3, 2016
By Michael Bialis
Lovett‘s catchy “Don’t Freak Out” seems made for these times. In fact, America should adopt it as the nation’s theme song for this insane election year, no matter who wins the presidential race.
Written specifically for a project called The Asheville Symphony Sessions, which includes contributions from some of Western North Carolina’s top musicians, Lovett’s song begins with his pleasant plinks on a toy piano. With the symphony conducted by Daniel Meyer, it develops into a full-fledged collaboration that includes sweeping orchestral arrangements, a children’s chorus providing Beach Boyish (and girlish) harmonies and the buoyant spirit of a singer-songwriter-composer-producer who will warm your heart.
Yet, Ben Lovett, who goes by only his last name professionally, had no political motives or heavy-handed messages to deliver when he wrote “Don’t Freak Out.” It’s one of eight songs on the album released in May that, according to Asheville Symphony Orchestra Executive Director David Whitehill, “serves as a soundtrack for the city” of Asheville and its rich music scene.