Yes, we can.

I’m not into politics. I never have been. I don’t have loyalty to a specific political party and I don’t know who I’m going to vote for in the upcoming election. I actually haven’t even given it much thought yet. I do, however, follow pop-culture and its influence on the faith, lives and values of younger people. So when a friend emailed me the video for the song “Yes We Can” by will.i.am (of the Black Eyed Peas) this morning, it got me thinking about politics and the upcoming election in a way that was real to me. You see, the song and video were inspired by Barack Obama’s speech following the recent New Hampshire primary. will.i.am was inspired by the speech, and in response to it he wanted to do something (anything) to share the inspiration he felt with others… so, in only 48 hours, with the help of a few filmmakers, some friends and several friends of friends, he put the speech to music and brought together several celebrities to help make the song into a powerful music video. The song isn’t about Democrats or Republicans or specific issues, and it’s not even about getting people to vote for a particular candidate (although it might seem that way since it’s a speech by Obama). It’s about taking a look at yourself and the country/world you live in and realizing that you/we can and will be part of the change that needs to happen. It’s about having hope that things will be better tomorrow than they were today… and it’s also a reminder to give thanks for the people who made today better than yesterday. To put it in the words of Jesus, it’s about God’s kingdom coming and God’s will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.”

Here’s a portion of will.i.am’s explanation of “Yes We Can” from his website

I reflected on my life…
and the blessings I have…
and the people who fought for me to have these rights and blessings…

and I’m not talking about a “black thing”
I’m talking about a “human thing” me as a “person”
an American…

That speech made me think of Martin Luther King…
Kennedy…
and Lincoln…
and all the others that have fought for what we have today…

what America is “supposed” to be…

freedom…
equality…
and truth…

and thats not what we have today…
we think we are free…
but in reality terror and fear controls our decisions…

this is not the America that our pioneers and leaders fought and
died for…

and then there was New Hampshire

it was that speech…
like many great speeches…
that one moved me…
because words and ideas are powerful…

It made me think…
and realize that today we have “very few” leaders…
maybe none…

but that speech…

it inspired me…
it inspired me to look inside myself and outwards towards the world…
it inspired me to want to change myself to better the world…
and take a “leap” towards change…
and hope that others become inspired to do the same…
change themselves..
change their greed…
change their fears…
and if we “change that”
“then hey”..
we got something right…???…

1 week later after the speech settled in me…
I began making this song…
I came up with the idea to turn his speech into a song…
because that speech effected and touched my inner core like nothing in a very long time…

it spoke to me…

because words and ideas are powerful…

I just wanted to add a melody to those words…
I wanted the inspiration that was bubbling inside me to take over…

so i let it..

I wasn’t afraid to stand for something…
to stand for “change”…
I wasn’t afraid of “fear”…
it was pure inspiration…

(…)

When you are truly inspired..
magic happens…
incredible things happen…
love happens..
(and with that combination)

“love, and inspiration”

change happens…

“change for the better”
Inspiration breeds change…

“Positive change”…

no one on this planet is truly experienced to handle the obstacles we face today…
Terror, fear, lies, agendas, politics, money, all the above…
It’s all scary…

Martin Luther King didn’t have experience to lead…
Kennedy didn’t have experience to lead…
Susan B. Anthony…
Nelson Mandella…
Rosa Parks…
Gandhi…
Anne Frank…
and everyone else who has had a hand in molding the freedoms we have and take for granted today…

no one truly has experience to deal with the world today…

they just need “desire, strength, courage ability, and passion” to change…
and to stand for something even when people say it’s not possible…

America would not be here “today” if we didn’t stand and fight for
change “yesterday”…
Everything we have as a “people” is because of the “people” who fought for
change…
and whoever is the President has to realize we have a lot of changing to do

I’m not trying to convince people to see things how i do…
I produced this song to share my new found inspiration and how I’ve been moved…
I hope this song will make you feel…
love…
and think…
and be inspired just like the speech inspired me…

that’s all…

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