With so many forces dividing humanity, some people figure this world should cease to be. As a matter of fact, one young man, Prince Ea, has recently gone viral advocating just that! In his first video, “Why I Think This World Should End,” he goes through a litany of woes that divide the human race, a veritable list of “shuns.” Pollution, corruption, discrimination, miscommunication, and so on. Add to that all the… the labelling we do to ourselves and each other, and it’s no wonder we feel down and disconnected.
But hey, his video doesn’t stop there. “Why I Think This World Should End” is not designed to pull us down, but rather to open our eyes, open our minds and open our hearts! Prince Ea, a 27-year-old “conscious rapper” from St. Louis, Missouri, aims to help people free themselves from “the illusion.” The solutions he offers have already resonated with millions. Let’s hear what he has to say.
Why I Think This World Should End
“No Matter the Culture, Race, Creed…”
Prince Ea (born Richard Williams), a spoken word artist, reminds us of a few things we’ve all heard before. You know, things like being loving, planting seeds of goodness, being compassionate, practicing kindness, stopping “changing others” and working to change ourselves. His timely genius is the ability to say these things in a way that more and more people can actually hear!
In an interview with Leila Janah, Prince Ea shared his views on what it means to be more human beings, to transform from within and without. He knows that the human heart is where it’s at, that when you transform the heart, you transform a world that’s suffering. He refers to himself as “an artist who tries to reach for that heart.”
“We all have pain, we all have suffering…I want to create a ground that every human being, no matter the culture, race, creed, whatever, can relate to….At the end of the day, we’re all the same. We’re all one.”
How Does Music Fit In?
“A Bridge of Light,” the name of this website, is about connecting us with our own and each other’s humanity. By sharing goodness and beauty—as reflected in music, books, photographs, stories, inspirational quotes, etc.—I aim to help people from everywhere get more connected, “no matter the culture, race, creed, whatever.”
What better way to build bridges between people than by music? How does music do it? By getting inside and touching us deep. Music helps us feel our feelings, sometimes ones we didn’t even know we had! Feeling our feelings is vital in the process of transforming the heart.
Feelings aren’t about being better or worse; they’re about being real. They remind us of our humanness—our vulnerability (loneliness, longing, grief) and our strength (joy, belonging, love). It’s the same for people everywhere.
My Plan and Will You Help Me?
My plan, in a series of blog posts, is to feature pop music from different cultures and nations of the world. The purpose? To bridge the divides. In the process of my writing and others’ reading, you and I may find ourselves introduced to some pretty awesome music we’d perhaps not ever come across otherwise. I’m going to need assistance, though, because I don’t know much “foreign” music. Perhaps you can help me?
I need names of singers and specific songs–so voices and melodies combined–that draw forth our emotions.
- It doesn’t matter if the singers are still alive or have passed on.
- It doesn’t matter what language the songs are sung in. The more different languages there are, the better!
- It doesn’t matter if the songs make you happy or sad. What matters is that the quality of the singing and of the melody help you to really feel.
(For ways to contact me, see below.)
A Japanese Song as an Example
Here’s a beautiful classic that reached #1 on several Western countries’ pop charts in 1963. (One of few Asian songs to have made it big in the West.) A bitter-sweet song, it’s about a guy who walks and looks up at the sky in an attempt to hide his tears, as he reminisces a painful loss. Though the tempo feels upbeat, Kyu Sakamoto’s voice captures the ache of a heart that’s breaking.
I don’t know anyone who isn’t touched by this beautiful song. You might like to read the YouTube comments on this video, with its over 5 million views and over 32,000 likes! If so, click here. You can find out what this song personally means to hundreds of people. As well, you can find information on the singer, Kyu Sakamoto, who happened to die at too young an age, in a devastating plane crash. Thank goodness his voice lives on.
If you have suggestions for singers or songs from anywhere in the world that meet my above criteria, you can share them below in the comments section OR let me know by clicking here OR by writing to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, don’t be shy!
Also, in the comments section below, I’d love to read your response to anything I’ve shared in this blog. Responses may include:
- Your views on Prince Ea’s message.
- What you think about my comments on feelings.
- Your thoughts on music as a bridge to connect a painfully disconnected world.
- Your feelings when you listen to the song known in the West as “Sukiyaki.”
Many thanks for reading my blog and for any comments you share. 🙂