Music moves us. And heals us. We Rise Again excels at both, making it one of Canada’s favorite songs of the Covid crisis.
Leon Dubinsky wrote Rise Again in 1984. His use of the word “reincarnation” caused some Christian groups to steer clear of the song. Dubinsky used the term to simply summarize “the cycles of immigration, the economic insecurity of living in Cape Breton, the power of the ocean, the meaning of children, and the strength of home given to us by our families, our friends and our music.”
Because of the song’s uplifting spiritual themes, it has been frequently performed by church choirs in Canada, but none more inspiring than the ad hoc choir of women physicians in Toronto during COVID-19.
The religious and spiritual among our planet’s 7.6 billion share a common belief of universal Creation by something much, much larger than we human beings. And a common theme of Creation is an ever-constant ebb and flow of the good and bad. Of climbing mountains and falling into valleys. Of death and resurrection.
Cheryl Bower, founder of Voices Rock Canada, gave me permission to share the video below.
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