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by Alex de Steiguer

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The irony is not lost on me that my place of inspiration, this lonely island, characterized in other times by its inherent ability to isolate me from society, is this year merely one more place where a person is holed up, wondering how everyone else is doing. Reports reach me, as I am sure they do you, of people working – finally, wonderfully, inspiringly – together toward common goals. Even if it is, ironically, in finding ways to be apart.

Oh, and when I think how many times I have reflected on us, "humanity" that is... on our refreshingly absurd variety of dress and culture and values. And how many times I have despaired at our striving against each other, and on the seeming impossibility of our ever seeing the truth: the precise commonality that we share with one another, and which connects us. And why is this not always our first thought about ourselves: that we share this place, that we share a future, that our care for family and friends and finances and fun are all so very similar no matter what our heritage or place or color or class.

So now there is something that inescapably affects us all - as if living on this one tiny life-filled orb in a galaxy of inhospitable orbs wasn’t enough. So now we are reminded in every day, in the most intrinsic way, that we are all connected; that what we do affects the whole. But that we can also – and should now and significantly – work together. That we can continue to do so into the future; that maybe, along the way, we create a better world.

I wrote this song. Please enjoy the sound-samples I included from our isolated selves made on balconies, and out of windows, and six feet apart around the world.

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lyrics

Lyrics:
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From all the mad bustle
We’re taking a pause
We’re in it together
And life is our cause

It just took a virus
For global concern
It had much to teach
And we had much to learn

Sing across the streets and
Sing it down the halls
‘Cause finally all of our lives are our cause!
Welcome to my world
Is now welcome to ours

It only took all of us
Feeling so small
Death stalking the streets
The axe waiting to fall

To know in our hearts
That we really do care
And not just for some
But for all of us here

So sing across the streets
And sing it down the halls
‘Cause finally all of our lives are our cause!
Welcome to my world
Is now welcome to ours

Out in the streets now
There’s way fewer cars
Venues are closed
And your favorite bars

But we can still walk
In the freshest of air
Stop for the flowers
Watch birds if you care

And we can still laugh
And we can still sing
And nothing can stop
The coming of spring

Sing across the streets
And sing it down the halls
Now finally all of our lives are our cause
Welcome to our world
Welcome to us!

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credits

released May 2, 2020
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Alex: vocals, guitar, ukulele, penny whistle, percussion,
words, music, arrangement.

Composed, recorded and mixed on Star Island in the
Isles of Shoals, April 2020.
Sound samples of global friends and neighbors collected
from royalty-free sources.

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Alex de Steiguer

Besides being a homesteader, a deep water tall-ship sailor and a musician, Alex is also well known for her extensive body of black & white fine-art photography, and is the author of Small Island, Big Picture, a series of reflections on solitude, creativity, inspiration and connection with the world we live in. See links for more info about Alex's other works. ... more

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