you a pessimist or an optimist? Perhaps you call yourself a realist?
It is difficult in today’s world to have reason for optimism.
Pessimism, cynicism or even nihilism seem to be growing given
the crises in so many of our human institutions. Many contemporary
scholars believe we are literally teetering on the brink between
self-annihilation or a new renaissance.
Yet, to me,
despite all the evidence to the contrary or because of all the
evidence we all have a moral imperative to be optimistic. To not
embrace and nurture an optimistic perspective is an act of immorality
because its contributes to the likelihood of global collapse.
In my garden
there is sundial with an engraved well-known saying- “Grow
Old Along With Me —The Best is Yet To Be”. This is
probably not true “realistically” given the losses
and infirmities associated with the aging process. Yet, I believe
we have a moral obligation to behave as if the statement were
the word “somewhere” is the essence of hope. “Somewhere”
is a place where all can be well. We may never achieve “somewhere”
or meet there but we must behave as if we will.
SOMEWHERE PROJECT asks that you send me songs with the word somewhere
in them like “Somewhere over the Rainbow “ (The Wizard
of Oz) or “There’s a Place for Us" (West Side
friend of mine once said to me that one definition of the Messiah
is “he who does not come” But he agrees that the messiah
is somewhere. And that makes all the difference!
out there are your somewhere songs. Please submit them to my website
so that others may listen to them or sing them. If you do listen
to or sing them try gazing at the moon when you are listening
or singing which will help.