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The Great Peace March

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source Facebook/PeaceFlash

Having been inspired by this song since the early nineties, I wanted to share it. However, after not being able to find it anywhere on YouTube, I decided to join, create my channel, and learn how to make a lyrics video.

While I am indeed a YouTube neophyte, I’m pleased with the result of this, my very first lyrics video! Of course if an Ad pops up you’ll need to click the ‘x’ to close it so you can read the lyrics.

It is my sincere wish that you will enjoy this inspiring song for world peace, written and performed by singer, songwriter, and activist Holly Near.
We will have peace!

You may also enjoy my post from last year with another incredible song for world peace. I discovered Ella’s Song through Holly Near’s cover of it on her 1990 album Singer In The Storm. In this post you can enjoy a YouTube recording being performed by the exceptionally talented group, Sweet Honey In The Rock:
http://professionsforpeace.com/2013/02/09/we-who-believe-in-freedom/

You Are Wanted

A few days ago I was at last in a cleaning spurt. That’s always a good sign that I’m feeling better. On a whim I decided to turn to the Spirit Channel with uplifting Christian rock as my choice of ‘background noise’ while I scrubbed my kitchen, instead of a nature documentary or cooking show.

It wasn’t long before I heard this song (shared below thanks to YouTube) and found myself singing along… and then going to YouTube to hear it again… and again.

As I was singing along I thought of my son’s friend, a lovely young man who left too soon. I thought about my darling and still-young dog who has lost her sight. And I thought of myself. Deserving of love exactly where I am right now, in this moment. “You are wanted!” I sang along.

The lovely songstress Dana Maclean co-wrote and sings these incredible lyrics, helping remind us of how important each and every one of us is. I encourage you to listen. I hope you enjoy. Namaste. Gina

WANTED

Written by JUSTIN EBACH, PAUL MABURY, and DARA MACLEAN

From the day you were born

And took your first breath

You opened your eyes and in came the light

He was watching you

But all of your life you couldn’t shake the lies in your head

Saying you’re a mistake

Oh but you were made

By a God who knows your name

He doesn’t make mistakes

 

You are wanted

To every broken heart, He stands with open arms

You are wanted

To every searching soul, look to the rising sun

If you’re lonely, hurting, gone too far

To the outcast you come as you are

For you, you are wanted, you, you are wanted

You, you are wanted, you, you are wanted

 

Let this be the day that joy takes the place

Of all of the years that shame tried to steal away

He is calling you

Lift your eyes to see His face

Come run into the arms of grace

 

You are wanted

To every broken heart, He stands with open arms

You are wanted

To every searching soul, look to the rising sun

If you’re lonely, hurting, gone too far

To the outcast you come as you are

For you, you are wanted, you, you are wanted

You, you are wanted, you, you are wanted

 

You, you have been marked

You’re set apart

And He calls you His

So you don’t have to search

Don’t have to look for where you belong

You are wanted.

We Who Believe In Freedom

Sweet Honey In The RockSweet Honey In The Rock (see my earlier post) do an incredibly powerful performance of this amazing piece, Ella’s Song, and I’ve included the video and lyrics for us here. I first fell in love with this song over twenty years ago when I heard it covered by songwriter-singer and activist Holly Near and I adore this original version too. I’ve also included some information about the memorable activist who inspired it: Ella Baker.

Let us be inspired to raise our voices and sing along! Let us rise up and take action for peace and freedom for all the world’s people, for every mother’s child. Let our love light the way. ~Namaste.

Ella’s Song

ella bakerElla Josephine Baker (December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986) was an African-American civil rights and human rights activist beginning in the 1930s. She was a behind-the-scenes activist, whose career spanned over five decades. She worked alongside some of the most famous civil rights leaders of the 20th century, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  She also mentored then-young civil rights stalwarts Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Rosa Parks and Bob Moses. In 1972 she traveled the country in support of the “Free Angela” campaign demanding the release of Angela Davis [John Lennon & Yoko Ono wrote a song in support of Angela Davis called ‘Angela’ on their 1972 album “Some Time in New York City”].  Ella Baker also lent her voice to the Puerto Rican independence movement, spoke out against apartheid in South Africa and allied herself with a number of women’s groups, including the Third World Women’s Alliance and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She remained an activist until her death in 1986 at 83 years of age.

Ella Baker quotations:
“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son… we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.”
“Remember, we are not fighting for the freedom of the Negro alone but for the freedom of the human spirit, a larger freedom that encompasses all mankind.”
“The development of the individual to his highest potential is for the benefit of the group.”

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Sweet Honey In The Rock

Sweet-Honey-in-the-Rock logo 200Sweet Honey in the Rock captured my heart decades ago when I’d enjoy their music and performances on episodes of PBS programs Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street with my young children. The more I learned about them and the more music of theirs I collected, the deeper my love for them blossomed.

sweet honey in the rock performance photoThey are an all-woman, African-American a’cappella ensemble. A Grammy Award-winning troupe, they express their history as women of color through song, dance, and sign language. They have worked together from four singers to the difficult five-part harmony with a sixth member translating with sign language. Although the members have changed over 4 decades, they continue to sing and have helped produce children’s albums as well as those aimed at adults.

sweet honey in the rock photo 350The group was founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, who was teaching a vocal workshop with the Washington, D.C. Black Repertory Company. She retired from the group in 2004. The name of the group was derived from a song based on Psalm 81:16 which tells of a land so rich that when rocks were cracked open honey flowed from them. Bernice said that the first song in which four women blended their voices was so powerful there was no question what the name of the group would be. Their music combines contemporary rhythms and narratives with a musical style rooted in the Gospel music, spirituals and hymns of the African-American Church. The ensemble tackles five-part harmonies and composes much of their own music. They address topics such as motherhood, spirituality, freedom, civil rights, domestic violence, immigration issues, and racism. Reference details: Wikipedia ~ Official site: SweetHoney.com

I celebrate these dynamic performers along with their outstanding music! These women sing for peace. I applaud their excellent efforts and want to share the inspiration they offer right here on my blog. Watch for more to come! Let’s clap and sing along as they help us raise our voices and stand up for peace. We can pray for peace daily, and we can take action. Let’s get inspired and see what we each can do towards creating peace on earth, right here and right now! Let’s stand up for freedom! Let’s stand up for peace!

Sweet Honey In The Rock at the Carpenter Centre, with commentary by the bwordproject.com

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Imagine World Peace

~ Imagine Our World At Peace ~

John Lennon ImagineJohn Lennon’s song IMAGINE is so popular because it resonates within us. It touches our soul, our psyche. The response to this song is rarely, “Oh, it’s okay I guess.”  We more commonly hear, “That’s my favourite song of all time!”

It has become an anthem of sorts. An anthem for World Peace. And we need an anthem about peace now more than ever.

We need to remember how important, how essential it is that we practice acceptance of perceived differences. We need to realize how this one step is critical to creating lasting peace in our lifetime. This year. Right now.

Let us move beyond the schoolyard manner of thinking and acting upon the outdated belief that ‘my religion is better than your religion’ or ‘my geographical location is more important than yours’ because these attitudes only keep us frozen in archaic battles.

chicago fire 'Mouch' actor christian stolteAs a fan of Dick Wolf, I’ve been enjoying his latest addition: Chicago Fire. In one episode we observe a secondary character named ‘Mouch’ express his intense hatred for Canadians when a couple of fire fighters from Toronto visit the station. He could not stand to be in the same room as they were. Towards the end we learn how he had fallen for a girl from Ontario through a website, and sent her money to come to Chicago, but she was a cruel person who scammed him and broke his heart. Through this one event, in his humiliation and heartbreak, he’d written off an entire country, dismissing with disgust anyone with that nationality.

It felt like a pretty good example of one way that exclusion, even racism, can begin to fester in a person’s heart. And everyone who allows these types of wounds to grow while refusing to forgive a larger group of people based on the actions of one or a few, are contributing the problem.

I choose to be a part of the solution. I choose to focus on peace, and the best way for me to foster a peaceful world and make a real difference towards world peace, is by ever deepening the love within my own heart. Peace within individuals grows outward to become peaceful communities, cities and nations. Peace in our hearts is the primary thing we all can do towards creating world peace.

i-dont-see-any-borders-do-youAs John Lennon invites us to imagine, what if there were no countries? No borders? I don’t feel borders. And I don’t see borders on our globe. To me, I feel like a resident of the continent of North America. And on a larger scale, as OAK at Only Abundant Knowledge wisely states in her blog, I am an Earthian and to be human is enough.

There is only one race: the Human Race. And I feel as much compassion, love and concern for my human ‘kin’ in Toronto, Aurora, and Newtown, as I do for my fellow ‘kin’ in Delhi, Sudan, and beyond. In my prayers, I feel deep compassion and love for all my fellow residents of this planet, and do my part to send my highest light towards these places where people are hurting and are filled with sadness.

I like to imagine the world at peace as John Lennon dreamt of.

I like to imagine a shift in consciousness, when enough of us on the planet pray for and believe in peace, when the angry ones suddenly wonder ‘what are we even fighting for?’, put down their weapons, and reach out with aid for others who they can now see as their ‘kin’.

And yes, that may make me a dreamer. To which I say thank God for John Lennon and his eternal anthem for peace, and for helping all of us dreamers know that we’re not the only one.

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Related articles:

http://professionsforpeace.com/2013/01/11/as-john-imagined-it/

http://professionsforpeace.com/2012/06/22/john-lennon/

http://everydaygurus.com/2013/01/07/promote-peace/

http://everydaygurus.com/2012/12/20/we-can-make-a-difference-right-here-right-now/

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“Say A Little Prayer” by JJ Brown

tall poppiesYou don’t have to believe in war,

I don’t want you to choose a side, 

Where I came from doesn’t matter,

When I wear these stars and stripes.

I am just somebody’s father,

Fighting to get back home,

Or maybe I’m somebody’s daughter,

Dreaming of a family of my own.

I’m so afraid of dying…

If I’m dying here alone.

 

Say a little prayer because you want to,

Say a little prayer ‘cause you care,

Say a little prayer ‘cause I need you,

Let me know that you’re still there…

I need a little faith…

Could you say a little prayer for me?

 

When I find my way back to you……

Buy this song to enjoy the rest AND help support the military through The Hugs Project. This musician is contributing every single cent from every purchase of his song made on November 11, 2012 at both iTunes and Amazon to this organization that works towards supporting troops and their families. Thank you JJ Brown, and THANK YOU to the soldiers who have helped secure the freedom we all are so lucky to enjoy. God Bless. I will always remember. 

Bob Marley ~ Playing For Change

Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 ~ May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician, and was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for Bob Marley and The Wailers from 1963 to 1981.

There is something about Bob Marley that touches us regardless of our musical tastes. At least I have seen that effect. People I have introduced to his music, no matter what their preferred genre of music, always come back to express their enjoyment of his music. I have a poetic heart and I hear lyrics before music. Next I feel music in a way that has nothing to do with genre. When we hear the energy of a song that vibrates love, whether in words or music, we are attracted to it.  I feel that way about Bob Marley’s music. Thankfully I discovered him in my teens (longer ago than I care to admit). And beyond my parent’s music of Country and my own choice of Rock, his powerful poetry and Reggae rhythm helped introduce me to a burgeoning love of World Music.

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From Wikipedia:

On 21 May 1981, Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivered the final funeral eulogy to Marley, declaring: “His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation.”

Also, Jann Wenner, co-founder and publisher of the music/politics bi-weekly Rolling Stone, at Marley’s 1994 posthumous introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said: “Bob Marley was the Third World’s first pop superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the essential vocal styling’s of Smokey Robinson into one voice.”

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In my third post in a row (see original post) cheering on the work towards peace being done by Playing For Change, here are three songs covering the work of Bob Marley. May you enjoy. And may you raise your voice, singing out for peace and oneness. We are all in this together.


Three different Playing For Change 5-min YouTube videos:

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Playing For Change (YouTube) about this third video of “War / No More Trouble” ~ “As we made our way around the world we encountered love, hate, rich and poor, black and white, and many different religious groups and ideologies. It became very clear that as a human race we need to transcend from the darkness to the light and music is our weapon of the future. This song around the world features musicians who have seen and overcome conflict and hatred with love and perseverance. We dont need more trouble, what we need is love. The spirit of Bob Marley always lives on.”

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Thank you again to the organization Playing For Change! I wanted to do even more than donating or creating an event. I want to promote you. May my dear readers and visitors visit any one of the links I’ve provided or search online and learn more about these inspired people from all over the world, making music and singing together in celebration of World Peace. We can do this.

John Lennon ~ Playing for Change

I was born in the mid-sixties, in North America, into a world quickly becoming in awe of The Beatles. So it’s not surprising that as a child I recall a place on our walls where we had a frame displaying John Lennon quotes. He was more than a musician: he was a pacifist and a poet who touched millions, perhaps billions of lives. The Facebook page dedicated to him has now reached nearly eight million Likes. I am one. How about you?

I want to share with you, in connection with my previous post about the incredible work towards peace being done by Playing For Change, this amazing performance. I cannot imagine many who will reach the end of this 4-minute video with dry eyes. I do hope you enjoy. And let’s remember, we are dreamers, and together we do make a difference. Namaste.

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Note: If there is an AD displaying on the bottom, click the ad’s top-right X to more fully enjoy the video.

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In 1985, New York City dedicated an area of Central Park where Lennon frequently walked to be called ‘Strawberry Fields’. In a beautiful display of global unity, countries from around the world donated trees. The city of Naples, Italy, donated the ‘Imagine’ mosaic.

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Playing For Change: Peace Through Music

Playing For Change is a group that moves me so powerfully, I am dedicating a few posts to them! Their mission touches a resounding chord within my heart. The chord that rings we are like singers in one glorious global choir. Each voice making a difference as we sing out, adding to the harmony. While I may be personally referring to seeking ever greater peace within ourselves and towards our families, communities and the world through our thoughts, actions, and writing, this amazing foundation is truly succeeding in working towards peace by literally singing out! Connecting musicians and singers on a global scale.

Today I sing out about this amazing organization, this movement! 

Let us all sing out, individually and united, about peace and unity.

May you enjoy this. May you share this.

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. Playing For Change: Peace Through Music is a film that explores our connections in a world overwhelmed with division. Through the process of making this film we traveled around the world and discovered that music opens the door to a place where we can come together as a human race. Music helps us to persevere through struggles and celebrate our differences which changes the world into a more peaceful place.

10-minute introductory video:

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Main website: Playing For Change – Connecting the World Through Music 

Playing For Change Explained (Source here)

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

Source: Playing For Change

We built a mobile recording studio, equipped with all the same equipment used in the best studios, and traveled to wherever the music took us. As technology changed, our power demands were downsized from golf cart batteries to car batteries, and finally to laptops. Similarly, the quality with which we were able to film and document the project was gradually upgraded from a variety of formats – each the best we could attain at the time – finally to full HD.

One thing that never changed throughout the process was our commitment to create an environment for the musicians in which they could create freely and that placed no barriers between them and those who would eventually experience their music. By leading with that energy and intent everywhere we traveled, we were freely given access to musicians and locations that are usually inaccessible. In this respect, the inspiration that originally set us on this path became a co-creator of the project along with us!

Source: Playing For Change

Over the course of this project, we decided it was not enough for our crew just to record and share this music with the world; we wanted to create a way to give back to the musicians and their communities that had shared so much with us. And so in 2007 we created the Playing for Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to do just that. In early 2008, we established Timeless Media, a for-profit entity that funds and extends the work of Playing for Change. Later that year, Timeless Media entered into a joint venture with the Concord Music Group through the support of label co-owner and entertainment legend Norman Lear and Concord Music Group executive vice president of A&R John Burk. Our goal is to bring PFC’s music, videos and message to the widest possible audience. 

Now, musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power. 

And now, everyone can participate in this transformative experience by joining the Playing for Change Movement. People are hosting screenings, musicians are holding benefit concerts of every size, fans are spreading the message of Playing for Change through our media, and this is only the beginning. Together, we will connect the world through music! .

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Non-profit website: Playing for Change Foundation 

Dedicated to creating positive change through music and arts education.

The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world. A decade ago a small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music. Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.

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For questions or information regarding the Playing For Change Foundation:

Email info@playingforchange.org

Playing For Change Foundation

P.O. Box 1505 Culver City, CA 90232 .


Coming up quickly ~

Playing For Change Day: September 22

Read more here .

Ways to participate:

~Create an Event

~Attend an Event

~Donate

~Most of all, enjoy the day, spread peace through music, and know that you are making a difference for all who gather in September and for many children in the year ahead!

Here are a few suggestions:

~Perform for a live audience of any size

~Create a live streaming performance straight from your laptop

~Offer your venue to musicians to create an event (such as your restaurant, business, or home)

~Encourage people to make a donation online

~Spread the word through social media

~Many more ideas and tips here .