But we can't. Attacks happen at random and, yes, people get hurt and families get scarred which is exactly what the forces of terror want; put people on edge, stall the economy, make it harder to travel.
Terrorist attacks get the headlines but we cannot ignore the dangers in our own towns and cities. We can not and should not ignore the issues of greed and inequality, of racism, sexism, bullying, of misunderstanding what we read and misstating our positions.
My family laughs when I write and say these things because, while they understand my need for peace, they also realize the myriad roadblocks in our paths. I still have to believe it and still have to live it. Otherwise, I can just pull the sheets back over my head and refuse to live.
Enjoy if you can, love because you must, practice "tikkun olam" (healing the world) wherever and whenever you can, and be part of the world in which you live (hard as that may be).
Another highlight is the tender "Family" which builds from acoustic guitar chords to include the occasional ringing high notes from the vibes. After the hushed vocal, Lewis steps out on electric guitar over the quiet percussion and vibes. The songs fades on the guitars and vibraphone.
Yes, there are words on "Shelter of Trees" that are specific to the religion that the composer and his family practices but the message is most assuredly a universal one. A generous, caring, community, whether religious or secular, can offer us solace in times of darkness purpose in times of madness. The music of Ike Sturm, interpreted and performed by this excellent ensemble, should bring a sense of calm - even when the musicians turn up the heat (as they do on the closing track, "Psalm 23"), one is never left with a sense of foreboding or unease. We can get through hard times on the power of our faith and our music.
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