(for a more legible version, click on the above link)
Little did I know when this article announced our first Rodgers and Hammerstein Sing-Along three years ago, what possibilities and friendships that event would birth. In retrospect, I feel the reward for being true to the initial impulse to have singing at Highland Farm, staying consistent with it, fighting through the fears of personal inadequacy, and most importantly, loving Oscar’s message of hope, happiness, and universal harmony is dovetailing into a convergence with his desire for world peace. It’s really pointing to a higher way for us to participate in the musical called Life – where we all “sing” together as one harmonious voice.
The following are his words:
“I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.”
“Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.”
“If you really believe in the brotherhood of man, and you want to come into its fold, you’ve got to let everyone else in, too.”
They’ll be more thoughts about Oscar and world peace in our next post. And for a treat, if you click on the newspaper article above, you’ll hear an operatic version of The Song Is You sung by Thomas Hampson. There are also versions by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and Charlie Parker on You Tube.