I woke up this morning with a song in my head that I hadn’t heard in awhile and I desperately wanted to share it with you all.
It is called “To a Friend in Need.” I don’t even know who wrote it. I found myself rifling through old song sheets trying to find the lyrics for all I could hear in my head was the song being played, as a distant memory, by my good friends Eric Pastoral and Bill Card about 20 years ago on campus at SUNY New Paltz. I’d sing it for you myself but it’s not in my key... lol.
It is song I think about many things - all subject to personal interpretation - mostly I believe it is about the power of healing + connection: especially through friendship, art, music, mindfulness etc... These things can make the world a better place. I believe that with all my heart. The pain in our lives has a tendency to stick sometimes and we need tools like these to get through it all. Especially the outcome of this election!!!!
I didn’t cry, I wasn’t melancholy about the good old days, or wonder in that moment what is to come of our country and my daughter’s future, I just found the lyrics and I sang the darn song out loud. I sang it more than once. I felt it. This is why I sing. This is why I teach. I feel I can make a difference.
And all of us: take some time to think about your powerful healing connections and tools. Maybe this country can use that energy to trump, Trump.
The ending of the song is this:
“Do not wait for an answer from above
And don't be the only one you’re thinking of
There are others
And they will need you
When they cry...”
We MUST continue to be social activists with ENORMOUS hearts in order to help our friends, and believe it or not, our foes....