Posted on December 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm
Something broke in me two years ago, and I have sat in mute amazement that so little of any real meaning has changed in our society and culture. There have been more than 30 shootings at schools since the unimaginably terrible killings in Newtown CT two years ago. Just two days ago, a shooting at Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon injured four students. I see the headlines, swallow hard and resign myself to the reality of the New Terrorism, hoping against hope that I somehow won’t be directly victimized by it. But we have all been victimized by it, we are being destroyed by it day by day. I have waited for something that looks like leadership; I have not seen it.
I have sung this song several times in the past two years, but my initial pledge to sing it at every concert has proven too hard to honor. If it inspired people, I would sing it every night, but it just makes us unbearably sad. We didn’t do enough, we aren’t doing enough now. I shall try to sing their names when I can. I shall keep hoping for an answer.