I often seek out the guidance of people I most admire. Sometimes I call on the elders in my community for advice. I also read the autobiographies and biographies of world leaders that I admire. Then there are times when my favorite musicians create an energy of powerful words and sounds that resonate deep in my soul.
I will always remember the first time I heard Alicia Keys' voice on the radio. It was in Autumn and I was sitting in my studio apartment in Chicago one evening in the year 2000. The song was "Falling" and from that day on I have followed her career and style and of course that soulful voice. I appreciate her artistry very much.
Then she did it, she created a song that has spoken to me not only as a music lover but a humanitarian. "We Are Here" helped me answer my own question about why I am here and how my contribution to the world really matters.
2014 has been a very stressful year in world events. The terrorism of ISIS and Boko Haram, kidnapped schoolgirls, conflict in Syria, the conflict between Palestine and Israel, protests in Ferguson and so much more has left many of us sad and frustrated. I am sad and frustrated.
But I am still hopeful.
I feel that I can still be a change agent and Alicia Keys' song really speaks to me and what I have been thinking. In fact "We Are Here" is not only a song -- it is a movement.
So here I am, weeks later and I often listen to "We Are Here" for inspiration and encouragement for the day's work ahead. I love this song and today it is my "Inspiration Monday."
"We Are Here" reminds me of Marvin Gaye's creative process for the "What's Going On Album." During the time he wrote the album he was going through his own transformation and growth. He was also very in tuned with the world issues happening around him at that time. To me, "We Are Here" embodies Marvin's transformative and intuitive ceative energy.
So, take a listen to this beautiful song and join the movement.
"I AM Here" to bring light into dark injustices. I feel good and I am moving forward. Peace.