American Opera, the creation of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, has released the title track from the debut full-length album “Small Victories” which will be out on June 30.
Bee says, “I moved to New York the day after the city was hit by Superstorm Sandy. The area was hit hard. Power was out. Mass transit was down. We were driving through Pennsylvania on I-80 alongside emergency crews thinking to ourselves, “what are we driving in to?” The apartment we were going to sign for was given to someone else displaced by the storm so we lived in our car and hostels for a week before finding a place to live. I had booked a couple months worth of shows to try to dive head first into the music scene here while my girlfriend found work. She was gone all day on job interviews. I was gone all night playing shows to empty rooms. Over and over and over again. It was brutal. The city was throwing punch after punch but the song is about getting back up. It’s about pouring your heart out on stage every night, all while no one is listening. So then the doubt settles in and you start to realize that you need to come up with something different to say. The song starts the record and sets the pace for ups and downs that followed.”