When you think about peace, what comes to mind? Is it its opposite, war? Or is it something that brings you peace like love? Peace is such an abstract thought it’s something difficult to conceive of it. We know what it might look like in our daily lives, but what does it look like for a group of people, or the world? Peace gets thrown around a lot like it’s something we should be able to easily achieve, but we also know it’s more complicated than that.
When teaching artists ask students about abstractions, they tend to break it down to make things easier. For instance, staccato: what does a staccato movement look like? Is it sharp? What is something sharp? A knife. An elbow. Sharp is quick and precise. In this way students can learn a higher concept of dance movement or music by imagining what it looks like to them by using everyday objects and examples.
So when we think about peace, what does that look like in our everyday lives? And how can we leverage that to make a larger impact? Food for thought on this Memorial Day, when we remember those who have given their lives to bring us peace in ours.
What song can deliver world peace?
- Karena, Program Director – Peace is a tall order. Talking Heads – “Nothing But Flowers” It’s about a simpler life, which could be a good start.
- Laurie, Institutional Giving Manager –“ Lean On Me”
- Anne, Program & Communications Manager – the Beatles “Love is All You Need” or “It Takes A Village” I sing this one in choir and it really gets the audience every time.
- Larry, Program & Administrative Assistant – “Reach out and touch Somebody’s Hand” by Diana Ross It’s almost too easy
- Gary, Artistic Director – Mozart’s the Marriage of Figaro. If it can’t nothing can.
- Jessica, Executive Director – I think “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love” or “Put a little Love in Your Heart”
- Ivy, Finance & Operations Manager – “Imagine” by John Lennon
- Beverly, Individual Giving Manager – 2Pac “Keep Ya Head Up” And anything by the Beatles, particularly “Let It Be”
- Some other songs have been taken from this list. http://www.spinner.com/2009/09/21/peace-love-and-understanding-20-songs-to-ring-in-the-internati/