If you have read this blog with any sort of frequency over the past month, you will undoubtedly know that I have something resembling an obsession with the movie “Up in the Air.” So when I found out that Kevin Renick, the singer of the film’s titular song, had discovered my blog and posted a link on his website to me, saying “lots and lots about UP IN THE AIR can be found at this info site,” I was ecstatic.
I perused around his site and found an e-mail address for the singer. An idea pulsed through my head: why not humbly ask for an interview? Much to my surprise, Renick happily agreed. He couldn’t have been more kind throughout the process, offering to conduct the interview in whatever manner was easiest for me. We opted for e-mail because it allowed more time for thoughtful and more eloquent answers.
We talked plenty about “Up in the Air” – the movie and his song – and also about what lies ahead for him in the music industry. Renick’s words were incredibly profound. Despite the spotlight that has been shined on him from this burst of fame, he remains wholeheartedly humble. For those who do not know Renick’s story, he gave a demo tape of his song to Jason Reitman at a lecture. The director loved the song enough to include it in the movie “Up in the Air.” According to Renick, “Jason liked the ‘D.I.Y. aesthetic’ of my song….[and he stated that] it gave an “authentic voice” to all the people in the U.S. who’ve lost their job and their direction.”