Watch: Oklahoma musician Samantha Crain goes upside down and all around in new 'Reunion' lyric video
Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain goes upside down and all around in the newly released lyric video for her timely and affecting song "Reunion."
"Reunion" is featured on Crain's new album "A Small Death," which was released in July.
As previously reported, the Norman-based singer-songwriter's sixth studio LP came out of a grim period of physical and psychological pain in which she was unable to use her hands and unsure if she would ever create music again. The Native American musician and activist, who is Choctaw, was injured in three car accidents in the period of three months - none of them were her fault - and the first was particularly bad.
"I’ve always like dealt with like tendonitis and carpel tunnel in my hands and wrist, but that first car wreck sort of exacerbated those problems quite a bit. And on top of that it put me like in a pretty bad situation financially. ... On top of that, a bunch of sort of family and relationship issues were kind of falling apart, and (I was) sort of drinking too much to deal with that. My health was declining for that reason, and then the car wreck, then all of this stress and anxiety, and then basically my hands just literally stopped working. ... My body just like literally couldn’t take it, and so I kind of became a forced convalescent for a bit," she told me in a summer interview.
The musician who debuted her first EP in 2009 at the precocious age of 21 - and had just released her critically lauded 2017 LP "You Had Me at Goodbye" - suddenly couldn't even hold an instrument.
"It would take like an hour in the morning for me to even have enough feeling in my hands to like hold a cup of water or something. Basically, I just eventually was like, 'This is not how I want the rest of my life to be,' so I started kind of looking into various different therapies. If you’ve heard of it, I have tried it, believe me, in terms of like physical and mental therapies, and a few of them really worked. And I sort of slowly began to recover. I guess it’s almost two years now, that I started to kind of be able to use my hands again and start trying to figure out relearning how to play guitar," she said.
The 11 tracks on the Shawnee native's sonically eclectic and emotionally resonant new album started out as therapeutic audio diaries. "Reunion" feels especially resonant during these days when everyone is struggling to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
"It’s just like a day at a time honestly," Crain told me in our July phone interview. "It’s all ups and downs. Some days are more intense than other. I’m making it through, though."