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Foreign Correspondent Becomes A Vagabond Artist

A former foreign correspondent for CNN becomes a struggling artist and traveling writer on purpose to gather life experiences. Doug Levitt grew up in the Washington, DC area and despite being raised by a mother deeply involved in the political scene as a councilwoman, Levitt had no interest in politics. Instead, venturing into journalism, before leaving his career for the recording industry and eventual free spirited traveler.

He documented his soul searching journey using various forms of social media along the way. But, the complexities and similarities of people’s struggling in the United States touched Levitt to such a great degree that he felt himself changing internally. Levitt began writing songs and recording his trip in detailed writings, which later would become a book and an album, entitled, ‘The Greyhound Diaries.’

The entire trek was done solely on Greyhound buses and ended up covering over 100, 000 miles, taking nearly ten years to complete. Levitt felt deeply introspective after completing his journeys. It was the profound impact of the fellow travelers that he encountered along the way, which he felt like needed sharing on a larger platform. So, Levitt channeled the entire epic journey into a continuum of musical recordings, a publicly performed show, and an online series.

‘The Greyhound Diaries’ chronicles Levitt’s travels from his home in Nashville to many places around the US. Once based in London while working for CNN, Levitt departed the news world and entered a whole new world as a recording artist, hooking up with well-known music producer, David Henry. It was his collaboration with Henry that lead to the finished ‘Greyhound Diaries’ project. When it was complete, there were an accompanying 10,000 images that he took along the way at various routes and stops across the United States.

Doug Levitt has performed, ‘The Greyhound Diaries‘ as a one man show at the Walter Reed Medical Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and numerous homeless shelters around the nation. ‘Greyhound Diaries’ is available as a two volume, EP recording and a 100 page book, first edition published in 2008.

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