Eddie Vedder recently premiered the new solo songs “Matter of Time” and “Say Hi” as part of a charity livestream.
The Pearl Jam frontman shared the tunes during Ventures into Cures, in support of the Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Research Partnership co-founded by Vedder and his wife Jill. The partnership aims to find a treatment for EB, a rare and painful genetic disorder marked by extremely fragile, scar-prone skin.
The moving piano ballad “Matter of Time” was released alongside a poignant animated visual depicting the daily struggles and aspirations of EB sufferers. “As we arise with the sun in our eyes / Catch a break from the dark / Still times when nothing’s alright / As we bandage up all our parts,” Vedder sings on the track.
“Say Hi,” on the other hand, is a soulful acoustic tribute to six-year-old EB patient Eli Meyer. The song was inspired by the #ComeSayHi movement started by Meyer’s siblings, which invites the public to “say hi” to Eli and hear his story. “I’ll come and say hi / When I see Eli I’ll come and say hi,” sings Vedder on the chorus.
“Matter of Time”: