“In a time of destruction, create something. A poem. A parade. A friendship. A community. A school. A vow. A moral principle. One peaceful moment.”
A quote by Maxine Hong Kingston from her book “The Fifth Book of Peace.”
When I need to soothe my soul during these troubling times, I turn to music. I am constantly listening to and sometimes playing music on piano. My latest challenge is to learn and improvise on Bill Evan’s “Peace Piece.” It has become a daily mantra. You can hear Bill play it here.
Continuing on this theme, there are two songs and performances that I thought might help soothe your soul. I believe they are songs of strength, hope and unity.
The first is “Quiet” by a singer/songwriter named Milck (AKA Connie Lim). This song has become the “anthem” for the Women’s March movement. Connie put together a team of choir singers from D.C. and L.A. The group rehearsed the song over Skype chats, hoping to perform around Washington, D.C. in flash mobs on the day of the Women’s March (January 21, 2017). The group, known as the #ICantKeepQuiet choir, hooked up with the Pussy Hat Project, which supplied the pink headwear. Watch a video below of their performance on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Read the lyrics here.
The second song is entitled “Save the Country.” Laura Nyro was inspired to write this song after the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy. There are references to the “two young brothers,” John and Robert Kennedy and also Dr. Martin Luther King in the words “the precious king, he loved the people to sing. Babes in the blinking sun sang “We Shall Overcome.”
This version of the song was arranged and performed by Billy Childs (piano), Chris Botti (trumpet) and Shawn Colvin (vocals) along with a string section. This song could easily become the anthem for the Indivisible movement. Read the lyrics here.
“Save the people. Save the children. Save the country now.”