“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi
During the race riots of the 1960’s the streets in the United States were rife with angry people upset with a political system that they felt had let them down and were expressing themselves as best they could by rioting, looting, pillaging and whatever type of activity that could aid in the cause for race relations and recognition.
A number of social mavens at the time realized that there was a lot of untapped energy being wasted and searched for a song that could turn the negative energy down a notch and allow the folks in the street to express themselves in a more socially acceptable manner.
This song by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas was the answer that helped to soothe a nation’s angry and rebellious attitudes at the time.
Why can’t there be a song like that today to help the protesters, rioters and other s diffuse their pent-up aggressions in a manner less destructive but more constructive?