Peace will come from each of us. Peace is the responsibility of individuals not nations.
ALL OF US was written to help unite the focus of everyone, everywhere by helping us all to remember that we are human beings first and foremost. The lyrics are simple and yet, articulate everything every human being has in common with every other human being on the face of the earth. “All Of Us” focuses on the solution, not the problem.
If we can get up everyday and place “I am a human being” before our religion, personal beliefs, economics, demographic location and circumstances, it’s easy to see that we have everything fundamentally in common. To make the choice to place “I am a human being” first is also a pro active step towards creating a pathway towards peace.
A pathway, with clear steps from one place to another is where true advocacy exists. Without concrete steps, peace remains a dream, it remains an ethereal thing we are left only to imagine, and create beautiful slogans for. Let’s do more than dream and more than imagine.
Let’s make it a reality!
The video is a solo rendition of me playing the “All Of Us” song in a slot canyon called Plaza Blanca, New Mexico. It’s good like this, but I have bigger visions for it! We’d like to produce it with singers and musicians from around the world.
So far, I’m in fundraising mode. We’d like to record the basic tracks in a professional studio. Then invite a few singers and musicians to participate in the production from around the world via the internet. For example, The famous Gabriel Abdel Nour from Lebanon has committed to sing All Of Us in both Arabic and English.
Native American Hyda Maria Doughtery would like to play her native American flute on All Of Us. We’d like other singers from the Middle East, Africa and Europe, Asia, the Americas etc., a Chinese harpist, a Turkish percussionist etc.
The second phase is to compile, shoot, collect and/or borrow footage from film makers around the globe that show people doing a variety of things in a variety of ways; getting married, protesting in the street, celebrating, laughing, fighting, painting, dancing, or even singing on this song!
“If I can put the fact that I’m a human being first, before my politics, religion and economic interests, I can begin to reconnect with my own humanity. In so doing, I automatically respect the existence of every other human being.” –Cara Tower