In the U.S., various artists have a tradition of taking to the road to explore and understand the American landscape and its population that exists beyond headlines. The value of such adventures increases even more when the country is experiencing struggles like economic downfall or political gridlock. It helps to understand the experiences that people have in common irrespective of their location or background. It also serves to remind those in power that another world exists beyond what they know.
Adam Levitt, an American singer and songwriter, embarked on the same project where he started riding Greyhound buses across America to interact with the different people who travel by bus. Most of them are struggling since only a small percentage of people in the U.S. travel by bus. The Greyhound Diaries is a collection of stories, pictures, videos and songs of Doug Levitt’s experiences while on the road since 2007. The Greyhound Diaries project also includes EP recordings and a web series.
About Doug Levitt
Doug Levitt is the son of former D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz. He grew up in D.C. where he went to public schools. At school, Doug participated in sports and belonged to a gospel choir. In an interview with Dcist, Doug takes a journey through his childhood to where he is now. Growing in D.C. exposed him to diverse set of population that included blacks, whites, northern, and southern. With a civic orientation, adopted from his political mother and his involvement in sports at school, Doug said that it was easy to interact with people from different backgrounds.
Previously, Doug worked as an international correspondent. He worked for NBC, ABC and other media channels. Doug quit his job to embark on the journey across America due to the present poverty crisis. These stories inspire him to explore, write songs and tell such tales to the world. These experiences not only helped him to understand the world beyond the headlines, but also recover from losing his father. From his trip across America, Levitt said that he learnt that America is evocative and populous. The country has a diverse population. However, people find places of commonalities.