Updated November 2022
The peace anthem Together We Can Stand Up became #1 Most Played Song in 2021 for the “Music is the Medicine” radio show on 94.9 CHRW Radio Western here in London Ontario.
The single was also selected, out of hundreds of entries, for the 33.3 Ontario triple vinyl compilation!
It’s nearly 2 years after my producer and co-writer Errol Starr Francis and I released this healing song and we’re still in this global mess but we’re also still here not giving up on creating a better world.
I hate to say this but I knew the pandemic wouldn’t be over yet because of a vision I had years ago and spiritual guidance I have received since 2020. Honestly, I thought it would be over soon, but now I’m not so sure, even though so many world leaders are making it seem like it’s over already.
We need to re-create a decolonized foundation for humanity or we will just continue to see more strife and there’s only so much more Mother Earth can take from us… if we continue to take so much from her.
I got really sick of hearing “we’re all in this together” because if we were, then my Indigenous relatives across Turtle Island would all have clean drinking water and equal opportunities and that’s just one of the many glaring inequities this global health crisis has exposed.
However, being “all in this together” is what needs to happen for us to get out of this mess. That’s why in this peace anthem I say “We keep hearing how we’re all in this together. We need to love ourselves and care about each other.”
Let this healing song be a ray of hope and inspiration, some reassurance so that even though we don’t know what will happen next, we can take a few deep breaths at least once a day and remember “who we are and who we can be” as I say in the song.
Whenever tragedy strikes, I create and sing healing songs. It’s my jam, channelling healing songs, whether it’s Indigenous hand drumming (and I did some hand drumming for this song) or Indigenous roots reggae like in “Together We Can Stand Up.”
It’s time for us to stand up for ourselves and each other in a good way, to create lasting positive change and a world of inclusiveness, harmony and equality. That may have felt like a pipe dream for many years, but it is now within our reach.
I know I’m not the only one who had a vision years ago about this time. There are Indigenous prophecies from long ago that point to this time.
I’m not here to say it’s going to be easy all of a sudden from here on out. I’m here to say you have the power, the strength, the gifts, and dare I say, the codes within your DNA, to be part of this transformation of humanity on Mother Earth.
“We are all relations together on sacred ground.” Mass consciousness is real.
That means it can be easy to slip into hopelessness or a sense of feeling lost, depressed or angry right now – especially for empathic and Indigenous people or frontline workers or any intentionally marginalized communities – because all kinds of awful feelings are literally in the air floating around with this microbial being and people have been given permission in a way to act out their worst behaviours. Society trained us well to stuff our feelings, so most people did and still do. That only creates future volcanic outbursts or internalized pain.
What if we all slipped into a sense of hope, possibility and connection and at the same time dealt with our own trauma and personal shadow? That is what we are being called to do now.
We can’t spiritual bypass our way out of this and put the blame on others while ignoring our own personal shadow.
My elder once said “We are the only ones on the planet who have forgotten our original instructions.” We need to remember who we are, have compassion for each other, and get back in right relations with our Mother Earth.
If there was ever a time to find your voice and live out your purpose, it is NOW.
What’s one step you can take toward your original instructions?
“Do what lights you up” like the song says.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO: Go listen to the song! Dance it out! Sit and breathe it in and out of your belly. Sing along! The lyrics are right here along with where you can get it on all the platforms. Go find out why it’s the Number One Most Played Song on #MusicistheMedicine.
“Together We Can Stand Up is a powerful song of hope and just the medicine we need right now. The lyrics are a beautiful reminder that we can create a future of love and unity together. Chi-miigwetch for this medicine song!”
– Crystal Hardy Zongwe Binesikwe, host of Zee’s Place on CILU 102.7FM in Thunder Bay
“From the first hit of the drum, Together We Can Stand Up immediately transports you to a sunny destination as you listen to a hopeful and positive message of love and unity. Such a wonderfully put together reggae tune that you can’t help but move to. The Frog Radio is “hoppy” to add this track to rotation!”
– Denise Halfyard, The Frog Radio
May I ask a favour? Well I’m going to anyway, so here we go. Please share this song! We need it to reach the hearts and minds of millions of people worldwide, and these days that is a huge job, so please, share over social media. Tell your friends. And enjoy the song.
Please leave me a review in the comments. I might quote you in my monthly ezine that goes out to my thousands of subscribers, or maybe we’ll put your review in my press kit(!!).
Love & Blessings,