I was restless one night in Berlin, listening to the jumble of voices outside, drowning out the jumble of voices in my head, and decided to Google search song contests. Many have entry fees, but this one didn’t: Songs For Peace. The deadline is Dec 31st 2013, so I’ll finish this and submit it just in time!
A couple days ago it just came to me I guess…. I had a verse more or less in my head, travelling around different continents with me, patiently waiting for more complete formulation. All I could feel / sense was that I’m the end of this circle. I’m putting a stop to this pattern. I will not be provoked, I will not be intimidated nor threatened. I will respond, not react, and I will not hesitate to voice my boundaries.
This song is about domestic violence. Both men and women in these situations cannot afford to remain silent. Children who witness domestic violence (physical, sexual, emotional abuse) grow up and seed the patterns themselves…. Christ, even if that child moves to a new continent and changes her name and speaks a new language… the seeds have been sown. It’s a damn viscious circle to get out of, but it’s possible. And it starts by breaking the silence. Continue reading