Everyone knows the old adage, “walk a mile in someone’s shoes,” but it’s easier said than done. The concept is simple enough; try to empathize with your neighbor by walking a mile in his or her shoes. However,understanding where someone is coming from is actually quite difficult. Doug Levitt, an American singer-songwriter,really did walk (or ride) a mile in his neighbor’s shoes. He created a masterful project and album called The Greyhound Diaries after he rode a Greyhound bus all over the country learning about different people and their experiences in America. Doug Levitt eventually found that we’re all looking for likeness in each other, and and for a home in the people we meet along the way.
Levitt rode over 70,000 miles on a Greyhound bus collecting stories, moments, memories, and relationships with his fellow bus passengers. This resulted in two EP albums, as well as a web series, all entitled The Greyhound Diaries. Originally from DC, Levitt used his experience as a CNN news corespondent to perform interviews and get to know people on the road. He said that his upbringing in DC lent itself to his experience on the road, as well as his political mother. Levitt is someone who appears to have many lives, all of which impacted his ability to create The Greyhound Diaries. He was the only Jewish boy in the Gospel Choir at his public high school, and met a very mixed crowd in DC. He was able to use his multifaceted upbringing to bring together his experience on the road, and create a beautiful visual and musical piece of art.