"An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." -Nina Simone
Today, we share a powerful song performed live from home by our brother and friend Chris Pierce; written by him and Mark Malone. Chris performed this song for the first time this past weekend during his live stream performance on our YouTube Channel and it resonated with us as we face even more challenging times amid the racial injustices that continue to plague our world.
"This song was written in memory of George Floyd and all those whose lives have been affected by abusive, excessive and inhumane force. The lyric, wrapped around a thought Malcolm X expressed many years ago, is about the current and historic storm engulfing our nation and world. The melody and chord structure are in the spirit and structure of African-American work and protest songs. This song is written as a call, in the enduring hope of a response," says Chris.
We must embrace each other and realize that our differences contribute to our beauty and much like a puzzle, fit together perfectly to create a masterpiece. Together, we can be the change we seek in this world for we are all brothers and sisters in one race — the HUMAN RACE.
Dedicated to the memory of the many lives lost during the Tulsa Race Massacre that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma from May 31st - June 1st, 1921.
Written and performed by: Chris Pierce (Vocals and acoustic guitar)