When you think of Turlock, you think of the Stanislaus County Fair, Turlock High School, downtown Main Street and almond orchards on the outskirts. But when you put those things together you end up with a country pop song called “Best of Each Other.”
Army Sergeant First Class Jeremy Levens, who is currently stationed in Turlock as a US Army Recruiter, was inspired to write the song after having a conversation with Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak.
Bublak said she had been working with the Army for a few years through an Army-City of Turlock volunteer program and had discussed with Levens, different ideas on how the Army could help their city. For example she noted that the Army had adopted one of the local parks.
Bublak said Levens had shared with her that he’s a singer-songwriter and with that, she asked him if he would be willing to write a song for Turlock.
“He jumped right in and worked on it for months,” she said. “I was thrilled to have him perform our song, “Best of Each Other.’”
Bublak explained that the theme was based on a new logo for Turlock that says, “Best of the Earth and Each Other.”
“I just felt our city has been through so much,” said Bublak. “Even more now in the middle of a pandemic, and so for my State of the City I wanted to share the new song and the new logo we may one day launch.”
Once Levens understood what the Mayor was looking for in the song, the process of putting together the tune and lyrics came easy.
“This song was really written from my perspective as a tribute to this ‘village’ and the peoples’ ability to come together, work hard for each other, and adopting my family as one of their own,” he said. “I will be forever grateful for every memory I have from my time spent in Turlock, and the hundreds of people I’ve worked with who have trusted their sons and daughters to me and the US Army.”
To get the project on its way, business owner Matt Swanson provided the use of the Creation Lab with Mike Everett to help put the song and video together. From conception to completion of the project, Levens said it took about five months.
“Mike, at the Creation Lab is such a professional and really bought in on this idea to be able to highlight the city and hopefully paint a portrait for the ideal city that every city across the United States aspires to be,” said Levens.
Now that the video has been uploaded to Youtube.com, the song will be on all major digital music platforms.
He noted that all of the financial gain from the song will go to Dancing with the Turlock Stars, as they will donate equally to Covenant at Home, the Turlock Salvation Army, and Jessica’s House.
“This will be my way of continuous connection to this city and the legacy I wish to leave on this community,” he said. “ I report to Germany this summer but will forever remain a citizen of Turlock.”
But with the covid-19 pandemic, the song has taken on a whole new meaning for Mayor Bublak.
“First and foremost, as we experience tragedies such as the Covid positive tests and deaths in our Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, it is important for all of us in Turlock to come together, and I think this song perfectly demonstrates the feel of our community,” she said.
“I admit I teared up when I first heard it. Sgt. Levens brought out the heart of Turlock through this song. One day in the future when we come out of this terrible time in our history, I believe this song will be everywhere. It will show our current and hopefully future businesses and residents that Turlock, California is a very special city.”
To watch the music video “Best of Each Other” on Youtube, click here.