I wrote this song earlier this year. I wasn’t sure what to record for the Tiny Desk Contest, so I did a couple of takes of this before submitting Louis.

Brittany and I were in Arizona in December 2012, 5 months after the Aurora theater shooting. We took a cab (it was 2012) to the zoo and I told the driver that we were from Aurora. We confirmed that, yes, it was the same Aurora, and he said something like “so, how was that?”

Having to think twice about telling someone where you’re from is undoubtedly one of the least important consequences of an act of violence. But it’s still a bummer.

I made this song public after the shooting at the STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Sam Columna