What if someone made your life into a musical? Over these past 11 weeks, what would be the theme song? Would it be “Hard knock life” from Annie, “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton, or “The Hills are Alive” from the Sound of Music?
If you had an opportunity to perform a remake of any famous song that could describe your feelings from living in quarantine, what song would you pick?
While sheltering place, Pablo Amat, a young teenager from Miami with an interest in music, chose a song that some of you might recognize- a smash hit by John Mayer called, “Waiting On the World to Change”. He decided to turn it into a message from his generation to the world. Pablo wanted to get others involved so he decided to produce a video with 47 friends, ages 13 – 19 years old from all around the world.
Ambitious Pablo said he picked this song because “he’s tired of his generation getting a bad rap and he wanted to show people kids his age that do care.”
The idea of a bad rap of a generation is really interesting. While there is usually a kernel of truth in everything, it’s stories like Pablo and his friends that constantly remind our team at Loveworks that the upcoming generation cares deeply about spreading hope and making a difference.
Last year, there was a wonderful children’s book released called, Say Something by Peter Reynolds. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and the cover of this book is a beautiful reminder that we need to do whatever we can to help EVERY child discover his or her voice that they are meant to share with the world.
I’m not sure what song you might have picked to signify your season in quarantine. Maybe you imagined yourself dancing like Ferris Buehler in the streets of Chicago to “Twist & Shout” or life feels like the Titanic is sinking and you are barely holding on belting out 90’s Celine Dion tracks.
There is still an opportunity to change out that soundtrack and choose to beat to a different drum.