One Great Folk Song

One Great Folk Song To Save Them All

We need a song right now.

Even a chorus might have the power to bring us all together.

When fear and greed and self-preservation are our greatest values, everything and everyone “other” becomes either a commodity or a casualty.

If we continue to shout and not hear, if we continue to exclude, if we continue to hate, if we continue to fear… to posture ourselves as “us” and “them”…

Great darkness lies ahead.

Pete Seeger said something like “if you want to change the world, get people singing together.”

I’ve never sung anywhere without giving the people listening a chance to join in. Participation, that’s what’s gonna save the human race.

When one person taps out a beat, while another leads into a melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or when a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know… there is hope for the world. Pete Seeger

With half my neighbors on one side and half on the other, I want a pied piper to part the waters and lead us together on dry ground.

It’s silly to think we can all just set everything aside right now and hug it out.

That would be just pretend.

There’s a time for “Masters of War” and there’s a time for “Teen Spirit” and there’s a time for “Fight the Power” and there’s a time for “Ohio” and there’s even a time for “Mambo No 5.”

Just kidding, there’s never a time for “Mambo No 5.”

We may have to get through those protests first before healing can begin.

But I’m quite certain we’ll need a song of truth and peace and love and humanity to light the way beyond.