Yes. This song speaks to me on the highest spiritual level. This song touches my heart and the words feel like light traveling through me.
"Glory" from the soundtrack and film Selma is in my humble opinion one of the great productions of the music industry today. It is comprised of two great giants of Hip Hop and Rhythm & Blues, Common and John Legend. I admire these two gentlemen for their poise, humility and gift of song and words. They are two of the many reasons that I turn to music on a daily basis for encouragement, inspiration and solace. It is gifted artists like John Legend and Common and many like them that I expect to keep the music industry grounded, focused on artistry and a source of consciousness for and about humanity.
Everytime I hear the song "Glory" and see John Legend and Common perform this beautiful song I hear and see our Ancestors talking through them and walking through them. Common and Legend are messengers on behalf of our Ancestors --- the millions of people that have struggled, fought, and died for the implementation and recognition of the civil rights and human rights of all American citizens, especially American citizens of color. Common and Legend are both right when they say that although the song and film are about the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, ---- "Selma is now." We are all still striving here in America. We are still moving, marching, fighting, and striving for equality in America.
We are still moving and marching. When I say we, I mean WE. There are many of us in America of many cultures that work and fight for equality in many different ways. There are many of us here in America that are not afraid to bring the "isms" (rascism, classism, sexism, elitism, ableism, heterosexism, genderism, etc.) to the forefront and talk about them in broad daylight.
During the marches and protests in Ferguson, New York, Detroit, Chicago and other cities around the country I saw people of many cultures and races marching together. I saw babies, young people, elders, LGBT folks and others moving and marching, and speaking out LOUD against the inequalities and indignities that people of color in this country endure.
Like myself, I am sure that many people were inspired by the Civil Rights Movement ----- the freedom rides, the voting marches, the bus boycotts, the March on Washington and especially our leaders. The Civil Rights Movement encompassed people from all walks of life, those who walked arm in arm for miles and miles to demand that the rights of people of color in America be honored.
Our Ancestors are still gathering, organizing and guiding us through every move, march and revolutionary action we take to right the injustices in America and the world. They are holding us close and making a way for our activism. They are speaking through us and giving us the light energy we need to stand strong together.
The song "Glory" is another message to us and another sign of guidance and encouragement from our Ancestors to keep going, to keep moving and to keep marching.
Common and John Legend are definitely more than just artists for this song --- they are the messengers. As I see the look on their faces when they perform and feel the energy of the song, I can tell that both men are very aware of their designated role. They know that the Ancestors are speaking through them. They know.
"Freedom is like religion to us" -- Glory, by Common and John Legend