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Music Tames the wild beast

I've never been very much into music and before you all gasp in horror, and let me say that while I do love my music. I've never been much of a listener. I'm not constantly glued to my Ipod or VH1.

But I had a beautiful experience with music today. Our college farewell is coming up and we've been practising to perform a song. A cappella to be precise. We sang together today for hours and hours and I dont think I was bored for even a minute. And it wasn't jsut thanks to the people. It was thanks to the music.

I was amazed at the way everybody was working so hard. Sopranos, altos, tenors and bass. And I think I'm an alto.

Music does bring people together. For a few hours at least, we put aside all differences. Gathered together and sang our hearts out. Listened to the music, laughed and tried to teach each other.

I appreciate the power of music more and more.

In case, your wondering the song we were singing is Lean On Me. The original is by Al Green but I love the version we're singing which is by Rockapella. Please check it out if you can. I'm also copy-pasting the lyrics here.

Lean On Me- Rockapella

Some times in our lives
we all have pain
we all have sorrow.
But, if we are wise
we know that there's
always tomorrow.

Lean on me
when you'r not strong
and I'll be your friend,
I'll help you carry on
For said it won't be long
'till I'm gonna need
somebody to lean on.

So
swallow your pride
if I have things
you need to borrow
For no one can feel
those of your needs
that you won't let show.

Lean on me
when you'r not strong
and I'll be your friend,
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'till I'm gonna need
somebody to lean on.

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand, we all
need somebody to lean on. I just might have a problem that
you'll understand. We all need somebody to lean on

If, there is a load
you have to bear
that you can't carry,
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
if you just call me

Lean on me yeah
when your not strong
and I'll be your friend,
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'till I'm gonna need
somebody to lean on.

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand, we all
need somebody to lean on. I just might have a problem that
you'll understand. We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me yeah
when your not strong
and I'll be your friend,
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'till I'm gonna need
somebody to lean on.

Lean on me, you can (8x)

Lean on me, you can (8x)

Lean on me, you can (7x)

Lean on me

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Anonymous said…
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I agree with you 100%. Recently, I wrote:

In every field there are leaders. Some lead because of their experience and charisma. Some lead because they have knowledge and information. A combination of all those qualities makes the best leader. It is imperative to have experience and a clear understanding of the workings of your field of endeavor. You must be personable and able to communicate. You need to be studied and know how to research an issue.

My goal is to document the power and healing qualities of music. I understood from an early age that music changes people’s outlook, emotions, ability to reach out to others and the understanding of life’s elements - pain and joy, life and death, indigence and wealth. Over the millennia, musicians have been the glue holding tribes and nations together. That music calms the wild beast is more evident. In the past two centuries, we have awakened to it. Musicians bring urgent causes to light. The following examples are in Wikipedia:
· Live Aid [July 13, 1985] a multi-venue rock music concert raised funds for Ethiopian famine relief
· We Are the World (1985) by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced by Quincy Jones and recorded by a supergroup of musicians, USA for Africa raised funds for Ethiopian famine-relief caused by drought in 1984/1985
· What's Going On, a charity single organized by Jermaine Dupri in the struggle against Aids, released in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
· U Will Know [1994] from Jason's Lyric soundtrack by a collective called Black Men United
· We're All In The Same Gang, anti-violence single, a collaboration of hip-hop artists
· "Self Destruction" [1989] anti-violence awareness single by KRS-One's Stop The Violence Movement raised $500,000 for the National Urban League

Thanks for your post.
Diva JC
www.musicwoman.ning.com
www.wijsf.org

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