I remember the first time I heard John Lennon’s Imagine.
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace,
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one...
The song, its lyrics and music, and the time in history when it came into the world, united us.
Rolling Stone described its lyrics as "22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself." That was 1971. Fast forward to now.
2020 has been a turbulent time. Art and music can play an important role in reconnecting us.
If you share this feeling, even in a small way, read the fable below:
Nothing more than Nothing by Kurt Kauter
"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a coal-mouse [a small songbird] asked a wild dove.
"Nothing more than nothing," was the answer.
"In that case I must tell you a marvelous story," the coal-mouse said.
"I sat on a branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow, not heavily, not in a giant blizzard, no, just like in a dream, without any violence.
Since I didn't have anything better to do, I counted the snow-flakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952.
When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch–nothing more than nothing, as you say–the branch broke off."
Having said that, the coal-mouse flew away.
The dove, since Noah's time an authority on the matter; thought about the story for a while and finally said to herself:
"Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come about in the world."
Your music matters. We hope you put your songs into the world this year.
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** from NEW FABLES THUS SPOKE--"The Caribou" by Kurt Kauter