This will be our reply to violence…


It has been a tough few months in the good old world. I cannot remember a more divided and rancorous time in this country and the world. We have the largest number of refugees ever in the world. My own family and I are divided by the political rhetoric of today. I wonder what my reply to violence should be? Should I stand my ground when arguing with people who will not consider gun control? Should I try to love them? Should I ignore them? How do I keep a strong mind and attitude? How can I truly contribute?

These were the questions running around in my mind when I saw that someone posted the beautiful quote by Leonard Bernstein — This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. Thanks, Facebook friend!

So I wrote a song about it and will post it soon. It is called “Higher Ground.” This is the first song I’ve written on ukulele. I’m using the low g tuning taught to me by one of my amazing students at Cal State LA, Aaron Oswald. He turned me onto Ingrid Michaelson who uses the same tuning. I love it!

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