Blessed Community (demo)

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Kristi Martel
written, composed, & performed by Kristi Martel

Story

I used to attend services at at small Unitarian Universalist Church called Bell Street Chapel in Providence RI. We talked a lot about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision for a non-violent community that he called a Beloved Community. I wanted to go to a writer's retreat at Star Island off the coast of NH. Some people from the congregation gave donations to help me pay the tuition for the retreat. I told everyone who donated that I would write a song based on a theme of their choosing. The folks from Bell Street wouldn't choose, but wanted me to write something to perform at the church. I often sang there. But this song was inspired by that community and written for that community. It was also inspired by my studies with Joanne Friday, one of Thich Nhat Hanh's Dharma Teachers. I studied Buddhism and meditation with Joanne, and it felt like an affirmation of so many things I had worked toward for so long. All of this filtered into what became "Blessed Community."

Lyrics

(written in September & October 2006)

© 2006 by Kristi Martel

 

Here, I can be myself.

And here, I can look right at you.

Here, I can sing the song of my soul.

And I will be heard by you.

 

Hear me, please.

There's nothing nothing nothing I want more than peace.

But I don't mean peace extreme like freedom from Bush's war.

I mean peace in me, in you, and even him 'til war's just not even possible anymore.

 

And I can be myself, and then

I can look right at you, and then

I can sing freedom.

I can be peace.

 

Hear me, please.

There's nothing nothing nothing I want more than peace.

But I don't mean peace extreme like freedom from Roosevelt's or Wilson's wars.

I mean peace in me, in you, and even them 'til war's just not even possible anymore.

 

Hear me, please.

There is nothing nothing nothing I want more than peace.

But I don't mean peace extreme like freedom from Lincoln's or Washington's wars.

I mean peace in me, in you, in even them 'til war's just not even possible.

I mean peace in me, in you, in everyone until war's no more.

 

And here, you can be yourself.

Here, you can look right at me.

Here, you can sing your song.

I will hear; I will sing along.

I will hear; I will sing along.

I will hear; I will sing along.

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