“Bang! Bang!” from our latest record SEE ME HUMAN.
A violent song against violence. It asks the question, “How we can respond differently when violence is done against us?” The only way to stop the cycle of violence is to not respond with violence.This is, of course, so much easier said than done. I wrote this not long after the shooting in Paris at the Bataclan theater. I could just imagine the easy and justifiable anger and hatred that could grow in people’s hearts. But there is another way. There are so many modern-day heroes out there who have taken another path, who have chosen compassion over hate.
Like the Parisian Antoine Leiris, whose wife was taken in that attack, who refused to give in to fear and hatred. He said
to the attackers,“You want me to be scared, for me to look at my fellow citizens with mistrust, for me to sacrifice
my freedom for safefty’; you have lost.” I think of the story of the man who, out of fear of “the other,” shot bullet
holes into the mosque next to where he lived.The leaders of the mosque decided to meet with him, and in the end, forgave the man and started a relationship with him.
I remember the shooting at the church in Charleston, NC, where the friends and family of the murdered victims forgave the shooter. I am inspired with the words of those like Nadie Collier, who said,“I forgive you. You took something very precious from me. I will never talk to her again.
I will never, ever hold her again. But I forgive you. And
have mercy on your soul.”These stories hold a power that leave tears in my eyes every time I hear them. They hold so much more power than that of the retaliation and revenge that we often hear about after such devastating events. In the end forgiveness through love is what will heal the wounds of this world. I pray none of us must face such horrors in our lifetime, but if so, I hope we
are strong enough to choose love, forgiveness and non-violence.
Thank you for sharing so honestly and beautifully on my last post. Upon reading through all your comments I immediately thought of that lyric from the song Message in a Bottle by the Police. You know the part where @theofficialsting goes, “Seems like I’m not alone in being alone. A hundred billion castaways looking for a home.” ? Because isn’t that so many of us? Thinking we are alone when most of just want the same thing at the end of the day? I may just need to dig that song out of my music library to listen to. It was the anthem of my youth! 😂 But seriously, I’m so happy that what I said resonated with so many of you. A lot of times I post things here and I’m just grateful that anyone would take the time to read what I have to say. So to know that something I said was even remotely helpful... well, that means everything to me. So thank you. ❤️❤️❤️
8.3 x 11.1 in. (2018)
These words are an account of a dream I had after making this piece in early January. Although the ‘shaman’ is not similar in appearance I still decided to share the dream with this piece.