Roaring Flame: My Community’s Response to the 2016 Election

so the world’s on fire
but still here we are
holding open hearts to the roaring flame

I wrote this song in early 2016, but in the wake of events since last week’s election, its words have come to have a deeper, more urgent meaning for me.

burning hot and higher
this is who we are
we are open hearts; we’re a roaring flame

Now, more than ever, I realize that if we say we want to live in a world
where every life is valued,
where justice is celebrated,
where truth wins out,
where our beautiful differences fuel our strength,
where peace is available to everyone,
and where love reigns,

then WE are the ones who have to make it happen.

Taking for granted that those ideals will remain the fiber of our experience, standing on the sidelines, assuming that someone else is doing the work to preserve them—that won’t work any more. It never worked.

We realize now more than ever that we must show up with love, with courage, and with unwavering commitment to each other.

In the span of 48 hours, the community of people who support the music I make rallied in force to contribute their voices to this video project. Their contributions are their commitments to specific action toward living their hearts out loud in the face of the helplessness, sadness, anger, and fear many of us experienced in the wake of our national election.

So, now our question for you is:
What will you do?

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About Shannon Curtis

Shannon Curtis is an independent songwriter, performer, recording artist, and author. She makes downtempo dreampop and tours the living rooms and backyards of North America. Her how-to book about her community-driven house concert method debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Music Business Best Sellers list in February 2014. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, record producer Jamie Hill.

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