The Music of Healing
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music
This song, written and recorded with the help of my dear friend and mentor Pete Seeger from the USA in 1995, would soon lend its name and purpose to an annual seminar/session concept which would travel from Ireland to the Middle East and other regions of conflict. "The Music of Healing," initially chaired by Rostrevor neighbour and current Irish President Mary McAleese uses music and art to create an atmosphere of neighbourliness and humanity thus making it more possible for politicians and former combatants to discuss difficult and divisive issues. In 1996 we moved to Belfast and held "The Citizen's Assembly," a People's gathering representing every political and paramilitary grouping to discuss new methods of Concensus Decision making.
At the "Music of Healing" event in 2008 with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and DUP Jeffrey Donaldson, at a time when it was still not possible for them to shake hands they found themselves singing together to a song of Pete's sung by his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger. Tao also performs on this recording as well as Vedran Smailovic, the celebrated cellist of Sarajevo.
Don't beat the drum; that frightens the children.
Sing me a song of a lover returning,
Sometimes the truth's like a hare in a cornfield.
Who would have thought I could feel so contented
Somehow the cycle of vengeance keeps turning
Time is your friend. it cures all your sorrows.