Eddie Vedder released a pair of tracks, “Matter of Time” and “Say Hi,” after performing them at a special virtual charity event Wednesday night, November 18th.
The event, Ventures Into Cures, was to benefit the EB Research Partnership, a nonprofit Vedder and his wife, Jill, co-founded to help find a cure for the genetic skin disorder epidermolysis bullosa. Kids with EB are born with fragile skin and are subject to severe pain, external and internal wounds, and must undergo a rigorous bandaging process every day.
Both of Vedder’s new songs are tied to that cause. “Matter of Time” is a tender piano ballad that builds to a rollicking, optimistic end — “I’ll take the joy, I’ll take the pain,” Vedder sings, “We’re just like you, we’re all the same” — and it arrives with an animated video in which children suffering from EB are finally able to shed their bandages and play.
“Say Hi,” meanwhile, is a song that Vedder has performed live over the years, although this marks its first official release. Vedder wrote the rousing acoustic tune for a 6-year-old boy named Eli who suffers from junctional epidermolysis bullosa.
Back in September, Vedder released another new solo single, “Cartography,” plus a remix by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner. Vedder originally recorded the instrumental track for the soundtrack to Eric Becker’s 2018 documentary, Return to Mount Kennedy.
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