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Published on Aug 19, 2008
We are amazed and grateful to see how powerful music really is! However, due to some reactions from fear and misrepresentation, Sing for Change has been made private for now. Look for follow-up soon.
Sing for Change chronicles a recent Sunday afternoon, when 22 children, ages 5-12, gathered to sing original songs in the belief that their singing would lift up our communities for the coming election. Light, hope, courage and love shine through these nonvoting children who believe that their very best contribution to the Obama campaign is to sing.
Sing for Change was a confluence of hard work, good will, and shared vision. Inspired by ideas raised at a grassroots Obama fundraiser, a music teacher, Kathy Sawada, and the children composed and rehearsed the songs in less than two weeks. Several musicians heard of the effort and volunteered to accompany the children. Parents and older siblings designed and provided the T-Shirts and the banner. There's a first for everything, but rarely do so many firsts come together at once: for the children and their parents, this is their first performance, first video, first banner, and first involvement with grassroots work on a presidential campaign.
As Sunday approached, a neighbor volunteered a home. Production wizards got wind of the project and offered their help in recording it.
What we accomplished in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon embodies the nature of the Obama campaign: its grassroots inspiration, its inclusiveness, its community building. People pitched in quickly for a cause that resonated with them. There were not many conditions: "Think this is a good idea? Want to help? Great. Sunday at 12:00." At the heart of the project were 22 children and their music. The willingness of all involved to come together for them was a testament to our hope, unity, courage, joy and belief in the future represented by these children.
We are offering the video to everyone, the Obama campaign and all media with high hopes that we can all join together to Sing for Change.
Technical info: Running time = 3 minutes; Standard Definition and HD Broadcast quality
WE'RE GONNA CHANGE THE WORLD
We're gonna spread happiness We're gonna spread freedom Obama's gonna change it Obama's gonna lead 'em
We're gonna change it And rearrange it We're gonna change the world.
SING FOR CHANGE Music and lyrics by Kathy Sawada
Now's the moment, lift each voice to sing Sing with all your heart! For our children, for our families, Nations all joined as one. Sing for joy and sing abundant peace, Courage, justice, hope! Sing together, hold each precious hand, Lifting each other up; Sing for vision, sing for unity, Lifting our hearts to Sing!
YES WE CAN Music and lyrics by Kathy Sawada
Yes we can Lift each other up In peace, in love, in hope Change! Change!