boston musicians’ “songs for syria”

programLast week a group of established Boston musicians gathered at a church in Brookline for a concert to help raise money to support the Syrian refugees. Given the election outcome, it also felt like a much needed get-together to understand human goodness and compassion as still being alive and strong. Many of us dealt with the election result in various way. A lesson I learned during our “sea survival” course was somehow playing in my head: in the event the ship goes down and we find ourselves on a tiny raft drifting in the open ocean, it is essential to define immediate tasks to keep the moral and to move forward. In addition to reading up on how to deal with / help those in case of being discriminated p1030749aagainst or witnessing discrimination, in a bigger picture, I constantly have in the back of my mind the former hausmate’s comment on the lost of the young generation in Syria due to the war. Many of us Vietnamese can relate to several generations being on the run, dying at sea, languishing in refugee camps, and missing out on education. So while we have been discussing extensively within my circle of friends about the lack of science and art education in the the US as a contribution to the current political situation, I also, perhaps naïvely, believe that accessibility to education is the key to engaging young minds and reducing conflicts. So yes, post election, the assessment of the situation involves putting things into local/global perspectives and focusing on doing positive things at however small scale we can.

The concert itself restored some of my hopes. Of the many memorable things, one that really struck me was a song, sung by Nizar Fares, about the memory of the left-behind “home” on the top of the hill behind the fog in Lebanon, followed by a “prayer” for the ones who were left behind. Below are some photos from the concert and the full program. It was an emotional evening with everyone gathering for a good cause. The hope of course is to continue with the help and fight.


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writing-challenged opera-addict

3 Responses to boston musicians’ “songs for syria”

  1. dehggial says:

    I also, perhaps naïvely, believe that accessibility to education is the key to engaging young minds and reducing conflicts.

    I don’t think you’r naive. Brexit and Trump is what happens when people make uninformed choices against their own interests. There’s a good (sinister) reason education has become both less accessible and poor in itself. Don’t ge me started 😉

    • thả diều says:

      and the most frustrating part is of course the oppressors working extra hard to keep education away from the poor

      • Anik LaChev says:

        or from everyone not them, and at times, even from themselves because clearly, money an nepotism can replace education in the minds of some…
        Education is the key, and if that is naive, then I am naive, too… and I’ll turn dehggi’s aria on that point into a duet.
        (thank you for covering the concert. I only caught news of it from afar, but it was a ‘point of light’ in that terrible week)

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