Words & Music

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Archive for the category “violence”

Vacant Spaces – A song for Trayvon Martin (video tribute)

Hello. After my last post and the continuing protests and discussions about the case, I have been continuing  my reflections on Trayvon’s death.  I was compelled to write a song (as I usually am when I’m feeling something so strongly).  A friend of mine, a poet from Rockford, IL, named Christopher D. Sims, wrote a spoken word piece about it as well and we decided to combine them into one.  I also enlisted the help of my son, whom I mentioned in that last post as well, in the making of a video for the song.  The lyrics are included in the description on Youtube….here it is:

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A song for Victims of the Gaza Conflict….

Hello everyone.  Well, these past couple of days something has really been weighing heavy on my heart.  I know that the conflict over in Gaza has been going on forever, it is nothing new.  However, with the recent escalation and seeing other people around me dealing with death, it has affected me so deeply.  It pains me to see such violence and death.  When will it end?  What will it take for both sides to see that neither of them will ever come out of this as victors? Neither of them will ever know the end to suffering unless they do what has never ever been done…..choose peace.  I know, I know, there are the cynics and realists who will scoff, who will ridicule my little girl’s notion of “can’t we all just get along” — but screw that!  I do not care.  I have, and forever will be an idealist.  It is who I am.  I believe peace is not only necessary but possible and I will never apologize for that.  Where would we be without the idealist?  The people who, despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles standing in their way, say “I’m going to try anyway”.  I have to believe it.  Just do.  All of that said, my heart goes out to all of the victims of the violence…..all of them.  I will not choose sides because there is only ONE side really — that is on the side of humanity.

So, what can I do?  All the way over here in Orange County, CA?  Little ol’ me.  Well, I don’t have the faintest clue! And it frustrates me!  All I know to do is to put it down in song or word and share it with whoever will listen.  It will not bring peace, but my conscience will not let me do NOTHING.  So, here is all I could do – a song, unfinished, unrefined.  My voice is shaky, my timing off, and it is missing the musical track (working on that still).  I actually wrote this song several months ago and have been holding it to see about getting music and production and all that.  But, today I just felt so compelled to share this.  So here it is, bare bones and all….

 

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