"The Only Thing" by Jack Pine
"The Only Thing" Back Story
On October 17th, 2015, exactly 2yrs before this video was created, Jack Pine was attending a music conference near Pearson Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was walking back to the conference hotel with some take-out dinner when he approached a man stumbling in the street. He found the man bleeding and called for an ambulance and it wasn't until the police arrived several minutes later that he realized he'd been standing at the scene of a drive-by shooting. He turned to find another man dead at the wheel of a bullet riddled SUV behind him. Jack describes the experience as "Surreal" and felt shaken despite going ahead with his scheduled showcase performance just hours later.
"The Only Thing" is a previously unreleased original song performed solo by Jack Pine and recorded by videographer Alain Ouellette. The song is a true story of a personal experience with gun violence in Canada - it's about the fragility of life, the volatility of the world around us, and compassion for humanity.
This video is dedicated to the man in the street, the man in the SUV, and all those affected by gun and gang violence. With the release of this video comes support for the cause of a worthy youth anti-violence organization L.O.V.E - Leave Out Violence. If the song has moved you in any way, please consider making a donation below to their important work throughout Canada.
Since 1993, Leave Out Violence (LOVE) has helped youth challenged by the many forms of violence to build the skills and confidence necessary to change their lives and communities. LOVE was founded on the belief that youth challenged by violence can be agents of change, capable of transforming their own lives, investing themselves in their communities, and making the world a safer place. Leave Out Violence (LOVE) was founded in Montreal, and now has grown across Canada, with programs in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.