“The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own”…. Aldous Huxley.
More than 1400 people were slain in Israel during a surprise incursion by Hamas militants as Prime Minister calls the 3 week war “A fight for Israel’s existence and says “Never Again is now.” Israel has never before faced a terror attack of this magnitude killing so many civilians many of them entire families and children. A morgue worker told the Daily Mail “Horrors inflicted on Hamas victims are worse than the Holocaust.” In response Israel declared war striking what it says are Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza and blocking basic supplies including fuel and water to the Gaza population where over 8,000 people have been killed, mostly civilians.
Russia and Ukrainian drones damaged a nuclear waste storage facility at the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant after the war rages on in Ukraine for 613 days thus far. In February of 2022 Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the invasion Russian authorities and armed forces have committed multiple war crimes in the form of deliberate attacks against civilian targets, massacres of civilians, torture and rape of women and children, and indiscriminate attacks in densely populated areas.
Countries, including Afghanistan, Central Africa Republic, Ethiopia, Libya, Syria, and others are currently experiencing civil wars, resulting in significant casualties and displacement. Countries including Colombia and Mexico are currently experiencing drug wars which are characterized by violence and organized crime associated with drug trafficking and distribution. South Sudan is currently experiencing ethnic violence, which has also resulted in significant casualties.
Enough! Older statesman who have lived their lives are sitting on their golden thrones and seem to be at ease starting the wars and sentencing young soldiers, woman and children to die. But there are signs of a solution, hope and encouragement…..in the words of the song that should be crowned a global anthem “EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE“ written by composer RANDY EDELMAN.
“Everything Is Possible” is a song about Justice for the underdog, the alien, the outlander, the weaker, the misunderstood, ….. and as soon as we all realize we share the same goal to achieve a healthy, happy, prosperous and sustainable planet and overthrow the metaphor of war, we can start to claim peace. The secret is whatever you make you can unmake, and whatever you believe can become true if you realize that “Everything is Possible.” “The fact of being an underdog changes people in ways that we often fail to appreciate. It opens doors and creates opportunities and enlightens and permits things that might otherwise have seemed unthinkable.”… Malcolm Gladwell.
It has been proven by vast research studies that music brings people together and creates social cohesion. It speaks to us when words fail. Music is a universal gift and wherever you go in the world music is understood. Music has the power to connect people. It is an old form with human interaction at its core. Music bridges cultural divides in a way that few other things can. It has the ability to transcend language, barriers, and connect people from different cultures and backgrounds through sound. Music can create a common ground for people who do not share the same language, beliefs, culture or religion. “Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness”…. Jason Mraz. Randy’s lyrics do not only have the power to change a global situation but also encourage people not to give up on themselves and their dreams.
With his song “Everything is Possible” Randy Edelman turns horror into hope.
A gang of bandits once shocked me in an alley
I held my arms high
And screamed for some rescue
It on time arrived
You see lighting struck their eyes
I bolted out to some safe Avenue
When all the games I’ve played so long were ending
and all opponents seemed to know the score
When all the hope On earth
Won’t add to your net worth
That’s the time surprises are in store
You gotta dream that
Harmony is never ending
You got to dream that
All the good times they would last
You gotta dream that
Everything is possible
And all the pain
Is in the past
Some hungry lions
Once trapped me in a corner
A band of experts
Once told me I was through
It’s seemed like fate looked down
And spun me upside down
That’s the time to see if words are true
When all the fortune seems to just go round you
When even angels
Seem to block your way
You still gotta hope for a sign
When your down to your last dime
That’s the time to tap the strength in you
To a young up and coming pop star, the promise of commercial success and a chance for the world to hear your music means everything….
However, when the record label says sorry this will never be released and your hopes and dreams are crushed instantaneously that has really got to hurt. In Randy’s case, although crestfallen and disillusioned, it led him somewhere else and he became one of the most sought after, popular and relevant soundtrack architects still. He has composed over a hundred movie and television scores (My Cousin Vinny, Ghostbusters ll, Last of the Mohicans, Dragonheart, Kindergarten Cop, While You Were Sleeping, MacGyver, the Olympics, etc). His pop songs were covered by some of the most iconic people on the planet, including Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle, Nelly, Dionne Warwick, and a long list of others.
Now with the world in chaos there is no better time to unleash a gift to mankind that holds the power to transform us on the inside, and then ripple out in ever-expanding circles that positively impact the world at large….
Everyone needs to believe that something extraordinary is possible especially now…..
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