Yesterday was the anniversary of a horrific day in America. My reaction was deep and pained and as a songwriter, I turned to poetry and music to try and make sense of it all.

I sat in my room and wrote the words I was feeling and called my then collaborator, Jess Gaedtke, to turn it into a song with me.

As I sang the melody that was coming from my body and perhaps from the planet as a whole, my notes soared with sorrow and anger and hope. Maybe it sounds corny now, but I'll never forget the feelings coming out of me.

I took the song to my friend, the fabulous producer Paul Speer, and asked him to help me create what I was hearing in my head.

I never released the song, as it always felt too soon. But I love it and it still evokes the same emotions in me that it did on that day I wrote it.

I've finally released it on iTunes. You can hear/get it, here. I'll donate 20% of its proceeds to the continued efforts of Tuesday's Children charity (they not only help the children of the 9-11 tragedy but also children all over the world affected by tragedy).


Get FURY AND PEACE ON iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fury-and-peace/id918214259?i=918214272

Here are the lyrics:

FURY AND PEACE
(Do you see that over there? It looks suspicious.)
(Can we trust ourselves?)

Very quiet see them walking around
No words come when they fall to the ground
Picture men as ghosts
Sheets of white laid to rest on hills of stone
Hold my hand now I cannot bear to be alone

I have waited along with the rest
Let me fall to less consequence
There are shadows here
Outlines moving in and out of fear
Hold me up, now
Tomorrow rises anyhow

Closed eyes to sleep, to dream
Heavy by what I’ve seen
Angels walk beneath these streets
Caught between
Caught between fury and peace

Small favor granted here and there
(reach out to me)
No wonder faces woven and bare
(what I used to be)
I am strong now
From where I’ve gone I’ve been too long
Somehow I’ve held together
But I’m caught between
We’re all caught between this fury, and

Closed eyes to sleep, to dream
Heavy by what I’ve seen
Angels walk beneath these streets
Caught between
Caught between fury and peace

Caught between fury and closed
I close my eyes

 

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