A Song for Some Hope and Inspiration

I’m sure that every single person in the world has, by now, heard of the tragic horrors that have happened in the past few weeks. Mass shootings, terrorist attacks, hate crimes, police shootings. They are all too brutal to really comprehend, but they all happened.

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All I can think of, in this time of seeming unending violence, fear, hatred, and injustice, is why? Why do we need to hate others? Why do we feel as if one group is more deserving, or greater than another? How can we justify violence to express hatred? How can we justify violence to express anything? Why is there such disregard for human life, especially innocent human life? Why?

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I could write a long, passionate, saddened, and angry blog about these attacks, but I decided to take a different approach. To just let something that has already been spoken be heard. To take a universal language—music—and express a message.

I heard this song yesterday, while doing yoga. Normally, I don’t really pay close attention to lyrics, but I listened hard to these ones. It resonated so deeply with my feelings right now that I just had to share it.

It’s called “Yesterday,” by Rara Avis. Listen to it (the link  is here and also towards the end of the blog), and note the lines that I noted:

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“Love for one another. Kindness. My grandmother, from the time I can remember hearing her voice, I can remember her saying two words: Be kind. Everything will take care of itself.”

Keywords: Love. Kindness. BE KIND. Remember what is important. Spread the good. Be kind.

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“All of us are multitalented. All of the participants are multitalented people.”

Aka, we are all humans. We are all special. It doesn’t matter in what way that specialness shows, we are multitalented. We are EQUALS.

“Now the time has come, to remember that we all share the light of the same sun.”

Think about it: one sun. It’s there, no matter where you live. What country you are part of. What “side” you’re on. Every day, the sun rises, bathes us all equally in light, and sets. Every day. No matter what. And we share it, equally, among all of us. There is more than enough sun to go around. Why can’t there be more than enough peace and love?

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“You can learn to love true, despite all the things that separate you from the love.

You get to come with your heart out wide.

You’ve got to show the world what’s inside.

You’ve got to give your love too, like it was the last day on the earth for you.”

With this, the song sums it up: love. True love, despite the fact that it seems difficult. I’m not talking rainbows and butterflies and Disney princesses, I am just talking love in the sense of acceptance. Recognition that we are more alike than different. Realizing that even if we are different, those differences don’t justify hatred. Learning that showing love and kindness to others is a lighter load to carry than the leaden, suppressive weight of hate, violence, and its friends fear and regret.

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And the shortest, but maybe most powerful lyrics of all:

“Be kind. Be kind. Be kind.”

Self-explanatory. DO it. Be kind.

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Here’s a link to the song on a YouTube Video: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaPh7RrW59A). Below, I’ve written out the lyrics.

“Yesterday”

By: Rara Avis

(speaking)

I can’t say that he did. I honestly don’t know how he continued to be elected. I can’t find anybody who voted for him and he continued to be elected.

I am, however, personally all for whoever, whatever, wherever they came from or whoever it is that will try to save this country. If he can come up with answers I will support him 100%.

 

(Singing) Go with it, go without the fear

 

If he earns my support he will have it. Values. When it all comes back down to shaking through, values.

And love for one another. Kindness. My grandmother, from the time I can remember hearing her voice, I can remember her saying two words: Be Kind. Everything else will take care of itself.

 

Go with it, go without the fear.

Go with it, go without the fear.

 

We just play traditional music, I play sixteen instruments. None of them very well, but, you know, I enjoy playing poorly I guess you could say.

All of us are multitalented. All of the other participants are multitalented people. My daughter plays violin, viola, and, again, is a dancer.

 

Go with it, go without the fear.

 

My grandmother, from the time I can remember hearing her voice, I can remember hearing the two words: Be kind. Everything else will take care of itself.

 

Go with it, go without the fear.

Go with it, go without the fear.

 

Yesterday, we walked this earth in a different way.

And now the time has come

To remember that we all share the light of one sun, yeah

 

Be kind, be kind, be kind.

 

Yesterday, it seemed like things worked in a different way.

Now the time has come,

Remember that we all share the light of the same sun.

 

But who am I to say?

What kind of world is it anyway?

I ask you to

Open your heart and sing true, yeah.

 

And know that you can be

the greater part of the mystery.

You can learn to love true,

despite all the things that separate you from the love.

 

You get to come with your heart out wide.

You’ve got to show the world what’s inside.

You’ve got to give your love too,

like it was the last day on the earth for you.

And give it true, yeah, daylight, daylight, another day.

 

You’ve got to give your love true.

Go with it, go without the fear.

Go with it, go without the fear

You’ve got to give your love true.

Be kind, be kind, be kind.

 

You heard him: Be kind.

Love,

Rowena

 

 

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