Recall To Peace
"Recall To Peace" is my response to the escalating dialogue of saber rattling in which the United States and Iraq are currently engaged. Weekly, even daily, countless people quietly gather in their towns, villages, and cities, calling for a true commitment to peace and reconciliation between nations. Although these people receive very little attention from national or local media, they receive strong supportive response from their neighbors.
Jimmy Carter spoke with eloquence and wisdom when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He said, "The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes - and we must."
My intent in quoting former President Carter in "Recall To Peace" is to show the deepest respect for this most honorable person. I was moved by the clarity and wisdom of his words.
I hope that "Recall To Peace" will be freely shared and will provide all who hear it the opportunity to reflect on the perilous state into which we have brought our common world. It is a call to all of us to pull back from the brink of hatred and warfare and return to lives lived in peace. (January 13, 2003)
Recall To Peace
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Thanks to Bryson Barnes, Michael Migliozzi, Ian McGaughey, Alan Bartenhagen, Sarah Craig, and Wil Doane.
Instrumental tracks recorded at Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, New York
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