The American Story through Greyhound Diaries

The Greyhound Diaries are experiences of a singer and songwriter Doug Levitt in the Greyhound Bus. Through the diaries, he uses music as an instrument of sharing the journey of struggling travelers. He’s traveled over 120,000 miles across America crisscrossing plains, mountains and forgotten lands of the country by Greyhound bus. It is no longer an art project but a way of life in which he chooses to adopt. Doughs travels gave him an insight into the lives and culture of the American society.

Admittedly, Greyhound bus is a method of travel seen as the last resort. However, buses get to see all kind of people ex- offenders, workers among many others. In one occasion, a seatmate spent a 20- hour journey enlightening him on the prison system. The ex-convict said that in the prisons, inmates divide along the tribal lines. In 2004, Levitt took part in the voters’ registration exercise. On one particular day, he boarded a bus from an undecided town to another. The fascinating thing is the kind of people he got to interact with in his travels. According to him, by traveling using Greyhound, one get to see the countryside in a broader perspective.

In the bus, you get to meet all strains of the American society. Levitt rode the bus and sung to the passengers as he registered their votes. The elections passed and what started as an art project became a lifestyle. Today, he has racked 120,000 miles by Greyhound. Dough made friends and kept in touch with a few. On the bus, poverty, addiction and people with mental problems are what he meets. Through strangers, he’s been trying to solve his mental health too and what Doug knows.

Everyone has a story, a tale untold. Board the bus and someone peels off the layers and opens up. The story that follows is a song, beautiful art. He says that sharing his story with strangers helped him unburden his father’s death. The greyhound diaries is a way of telling the American story.

Doug Levitt is an artist known mostly for The Greyhound Diaries. He was born in 1972 to Carl Schwartz and David Schwartz. Levitt schooled at the Washington, D.C public schools. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. At 16, his father committed suicide, an act that’s instrumental to his career in art.