Last month, for my Word of the Year Link Up, I wrote about the ‘peace of home.’ In that post, I included a link to one of my favourite music videos on this theme (here) and invited readers to do the same. I wasn’t initially sure if anyone would share a song. If anyone did, I was certain it would be for my second favourite music video on this topic. Surprisingly, no one mentioned the Bublé number. But several of you did include links to very moving songs, some from artists who were completely unknown to me (it’s that whole livin’ under a rock thing)!
Inspired by how much I got out of your comments and links, I decided to do the same this month and share a favourite music video on ‘peace.’ I have already posted several song on this topic (John Lennon, Julian Lennon, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Eagles). Still, there is one music video that I love so much that I had to double-check to see if I had ever previously included it on this blog. I can’t believe that I hadn’t.
In 2002, film director Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica when he heard street musician Roger Ridley. That was the initial inspiration for Playing for Change which seeks to connect the world through music. Roger and Stand by Me were the focus of the first-ever Playing for Change video. Since then, PFC has made 400+ music videos, recorded over 1,200 musicians in more than 60 countries and reached over 2 billion viewers (read more here).
Written by Ben E. King, Stand by Me never mentions the word ‘peace.’ Still, peace runs through its core. According to King, he based this work on the spiritual song, Stand by Me Father (Sam Cooke). The song opens in darkness but not fear. Throughout the song, King asks his love to stand by him. At the song’s conclusion, he expands this by singing, “Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me.” A powerful flip!
This song was inducted into ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.’ It was also registered by the Library of Congress as “culturally/ historically/aesthetically significant.” In 2012, it was number six on the list of highest-earning songs ($24 million). Ironically, King meant for this song to be recorded by The Drifters, but the management team refused it, so King recorded it on his own.
And Just When You Give Up On Peace…There It Is!
When preparing this post, I hadn’t heard back from any of the recipients of The Little Book of Inner Peace for over a month. Just when I thought that these books may have gone out of circulation, I had a delightful email from the recipient of Book B (the one I initially sent to Nanaimo, BC). It is now with Kaleigh, an Occupational-Therapist in Toronto who works at an Inpatient Mental Health Unit. She has been using this book with patients in her weekly relaxation sessions to promote grounding and mindfulness. So, while this book is having an extended stay in one place, it is also reaching many people at once. Very cool!
What is your favourite song about peace? I’d love to hear it. And I’d love for you to leave a link!
Speaking of links, Sue, Debbie, Jo and I invite you to join us to let us know how your intention for 2022 has been going (just two months to go)!