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Fishing for more peaceful times at home



“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?

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Quote of the week: “What is true is already so. Owning up to it doesn't make it worse. Not being open about it doesn't make it go away. And because it's true, it is what is there to be interacted with. Anything untrue isn't there to be lived. People can stand what is true, for they are already enduring it.” ― Eugene T. Gendlin, Focusing

8 Comments on Fishing for more peaceful times at home

  1. Music, dancing, the gym, the beach put me in an excellent frame of mind.


  2. so nice – was waiting for van halen to come out (just kidding) – thx for this fun song

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  3. Imagine Martha Reeves singing this with Bowie and Jagger? THAT would have been amazing!

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    • That would be one awesome concert. The crowds today need some big name headliners and powerful tunes to redirect their energies in more creatively expressive endeavors. Thanks for writing. 🙂

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  4. You are so right, today’s protesters need to sing and dance their anger away. No harm done.


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