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July 26, 2009
July 26, 2009: What the "Stupid" Media Got Right
While the media was making a big deal over President Obama's "stupid" remark regarding the Cambridge Police, I wondered how many of them had ever passed judgment on a story they only knew one side of, or a person by their ethnicity or dress, or even a book by its cover.

However, this weekend, the media also got something very right- that music unites humankind.

Author and neurologist, Dr. Oliver Sacks, in "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" wrote about how rhythm is inherent in all human beings and how music can even heal us.

Thanks to the mainstream media I learned of two You Tube videos that prove that point:

"Stand By Me" performed by many artists in different countries and was first showcased on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, and a joy filled wedding in Saint Paul, Minnesota:

The song Stand By Me performed by many artists in different countries. From Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. Official web site: http://www.playingforchange.com/


Our wedding entrance dance to Forever...yeah, forever.




The legendary man who "threw fire" Satchel Paige, born in Mobile, Alabama, began playing semi-pro baseball in 1924 in his hometown. He jumped around to different Negro League teams until 1948, when he became the oldest rookie in the Major Leagues. He is also famous for the insight:

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.



Poet, novelist, feminist activist, Alice Walker wrote about dancing during her recent trip to Gaza organized by Code Pink:


"Rolling into Gaza I had a feeling of homecoming. There is a flavor to the ghetto. To the Bantustan. To the "rez." To the "colored section…I thought of how, in the US perhaps the first use of aerial attacks on US soil, prior to 9/11, was the bombing and shooting from biplanes during the destruction by white mobs of the black neighborhoods in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. The black people who created these neighborhoods were considered, by white racists, too prosperous and therefore "uppity." Everything they created was destroyed. This was followed by the charge already rampant in white American culture, that black people never tried to "better" themselves.

"There is ample evidence in Gaza that the Palestinians never stop trying to "better" themselves. What started as a refugee camp with tents, has evolved into a city with buildings rivaling those in almost any other city in the "developing" world...We pass police stations that were simply flattened, and all the young (most Palestinians are young) officers in them killed, hundreds of them. We pass ministries, bombed into fragments. We pass a hospital, bombed and gutted by fire. If one is not safe in a hospital, when one is already sick and afraid, where is one safe? If children are not safe playing in their schoolyards, where are they safe? Where are The World Parents of All Children? The World Caretakers of All the Sick?

 
"On International Women's Day we leave for the celebration for which we have come, a gathering with the women of Gaza…There is, finally, a sense of overwhelm, trying to bring comfort to someone whose sleeping child has been killed and buried, a few weeks ago, up to her neck in rubble; or a mother who has lost fifteen members of her family, all her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, her husband. What does one say to people whose families came out of their shelled houses waving white flags of surrender only to be shot down anyway? To mothers whose children were, at this moment, playing in the white phosphorous laden rubble that, after 22 days of bombing, is everywhere in Gaza? White phosphorus, once on the skin, never stops burning. There is really nothing to say. Nothing to say to those who, back home in America, don't want to hear the news.

Nothing to do, finally, but dance.

"The women and I and everyone with us from Code Pink went across the hall to a big common room where music was turned up full volume. At first I sat exchanging smiles and murmurs with an ancient grandmother who was knitting booties, and who gave me two pairs, for my own grandchildren. Sitting didn't last. Without preamble I was pulled to my feet by several women at once, and the dance was on. Sorrow, loss, pain, suffering, all pounded into the floor for over an hour. Sweat flowing, wails and tears around the room. And then, the rising that always comes from such dancing; the sense of joy, of unity, of solidarity and gratitude to be in the best place one could be on Earth; with sisters who have experienced the full measure of disaster and have the heart to rise above it. The feeling of love is immense. The ecstasy, sublime. I was conscious of exchanging and receiving Spirit in the dance. I also knew that this Spirit, which I have encountered in Mississippi, Georgia, the Congo, Cuba, Rwanda and Burma, among other places, this Spirit that knows how to dance in the face of disaster, will never be crushed. It is as timeless as the wind. We think it is only inside our bodies, but we also inhabit it. Even when we are unaware of its presence internally, it wears us like a cloak." [1]



"Dancing, whose root meaning in many indigenous cultures is the same as breath or spirit, is a very ancient and appropriate form in which to pray."-Article 36, "A New Reformation" by Matthew Fox.


An old German opera house proverb reads: "Bach gave us God's word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us music that we might pray without words."


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