As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, my sweety and I have numerous friends in Colorado, USA. We all hold heavy hearts at the senseless killing of ten women and men at a grocery store in the city of Boulder on Monday.
Sweety and I spoke with some of our folk today and in the time together, all kinds of emotions arose while thinking of the people whose lives were taken; stolen from them and all those who knew and loved them.
Also, today, I was introduced to some music written and performed by a Michigan, USA singer-songwriter, educator, activist and cultural worker, Seth Bernard. His song “Sandman’s Dust” is the perfect accompaniment by which to think of the time with friends today, a time that ended with feelings of gratitude and hope.
In addition to his work as a musician, Bernard founded Earthwork Music, for “community healing through collective musicianship,” and Title Track, which engages “creative practice to build resilient social-ecological systems that support clean water, racial equity, and youth empowerment.” He is also involved in many other community projects.
Bernard is a man I’d like to get to know. I share his love for music, and admire his passion for making the world a better place; the planet and all that lives on it. I’m glad to have learned of his music and other work.
Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. And if you like the music, please buy it to support the artist who created it. Like Guy Garvey of Elbow will say when back to hosting his program Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music, “… don’t stream it for a pittance… buy the recording so the musicians can make more!”
“Sandman’s Dust” comes from Bernard’s 2020 album, Let Love Light the Way. You can purchase the song and album from his Bandcamp page, where he has several albums and singles for sale. His music can also be found on Apple Music and Spotify.
Here’s the music video for “Sandman’s Dust” from the Earthwork Music YouTube channel:
Official lyrics are available on the artist’s website.