Sunday, January 15, 2012

people of hope

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
Martin Luther King Jr. (15 january 1929-1968) minister & civil rights activist

tomorrow is the martin luther king national holiday, but today is reverend king's actual birthday. happy birthday martin - i wonder what you would say if you alive today about america and the world?

women of hope by morley - i can't believe i only just heard of this artist and this song - i don't think of myself as living under a rock! i am aware of the song now only because i subscribe to the e-newletters from

i can't get this song out of my head. it is so beautiful and powerful - if you haven't heard the song, i recommend you take a few minutes and give the song a listen - if you aren't moved, well what can we say?

i include two versions - if you click on the ted link above, you can watch a video which was recorded a couple months ago at a 2011 ted conference; below is the music video morley made a few years ago -- i really enjoy this vid, it reminds me a bit of those clever videos of playing for change. this vid was directed by the gifted filmmaker damani baker.

morley's inspiration for the song:
This is a song that I wrote after watching a CNN program on Women and war... I quote Aung San Suu Kyi...when her people asked her for a message, saying how helpless they feel under military rule, she responded by saying, "If you're feeling helpless, help someone". This moved me because it is so brilliant of her to empower her people like that, I found so much inspiration and truth in her words that it got me thinking of all the countless women of hope..

photo: public art sculpture, artist and title unknown (but i'm working on it!) santa fe, new mexico october 2011


Rubye Jack said...

Long may he be remembered!

tut-tut said...

wow, I had never heard of Morely before your post.Thanks for that link. Thinking about what should be happening in our country and trying to work toward it.

Watson said...

Awesome! Thanks mouse.

Deborah said...

About Morley's inspiration for the song. I recently read a quote attributed to Mother Teresa, "There should be less talk...take a broom and clean someone's house." That quote was very similar to Aung San Suu Kyi's quote and it just resonates with me. I hope to be more like them this year.