Today, WHY?, the creative moniker for consummate wordsmith and beloved songwriter Yoni Wolf, has shared a cover of Silver Jews’ “We Are Real” in tribute to the late David Berman and World Mental Health Day. The track features additional vocals from Lillie West (Lala Lala) and Gabby Smith. All proceeds from the cover will be going to AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) and MusiCares — pre-order HERE, and learn more about World Mental Health Day HERE.
Speaking about the cover, Yoni says, “I always looked up to David Berman. His songs and his poetry book had a huge impact on me in my early career. His death was a staggering blow. We were only distant acquaintances but he somehow felt like a long lost half big brother or estranged uncle. I was a wreck for several days after I heard the news, listening to and reading all his work. Then I decided to learn “We Are Real” as a way to console myself. It was quite an emotional experience but sure enough it helped a lot to just sing his words out loud.”