It’s been a week and we at CMT.com still acutely feel the pain of a country deeply divided. There’s been a lot of angry rhetoric, a lot of dismissing of friends and family, and a whole lot of fear.
We believe in the power of art to transform people’s lives. We believe in Leonard Bernstein’s now-iconic quote:
This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
If you need a new song in your heart this week (this month, this year), our beautiful, diverse, passionate, devoted writers have something to share with you.
Music & Lyrics by: John Bucchino
Performed by: David Campbell
“I feel a hand holding my hand,
It’s not a hand you can see.
But on the road to the promised land,
This hand will shepherd me
Through delight and despair.
Holding tight and always there.”
Speaking of iconic, this song is beloved by many, especially at this time of year. We love this particular live performance by John Bucchino and David Campbell from the Hayes Theatre in Sydney, Australia. If you need to be reminded that, even in the midst of darkness, we are still on the road to a promised land, this song will lift you up.
“I may lead a life that’s filled with strain –
Beaten down with fists that fall like rain.
But my soul will never feel the pain, and
I will make it through.”
Perseverance. No matter what comes our way, we are strong enough. This beautiful gospel song by Kenneth and Joe is a shining reminder of our fortitude, even in the midst of pain. May it speak to your heart.
Make Your Mark
Music & Lyrics by: Rona Siddiqui
Performed by: Liam Forde
“You and I are not the same,
No one has your quirk, your spark.
You teach me things I could not see,
Each time you make your mark.”
What an important time to be reminded of the value of differing opinions and skills. May we each use our gifts as a blessing to others, making our mark in a broken world.
“Let’s live this ordinary day,
Forge ahead, start anew.
Everyone trying just like you.
Mess it up, apologize.
Something new you didn’t recognize:
We’re alive on this date.
That’s reason enough to celebrate.”
Sometimes we long for the ordinary, missing the miracle of each moment we get to experience. Of course, we understand life comes with difficulties, but sometimes finding the ordinary can be the biggest blessing.
We hope these songs speak to you, bring you peace and fill you with hope for the days to come. We’re grateful to all our writers, who bring such beauty into the world.
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