While singing these prayers, I wondered what are we doing? What does the manifestation of our united voices look like? Are we lighting up Michigan on the wall map in the Spirit conference room?
And is there a surveillance system of lights that go off in response, to rouse the attention of warmongers? "Alert! Alert! People singing about love and light! Take action!!"
Not all the songs were about light and love, though. Dick Siegel performed a rocking Christmas song, and Annie Gallup did her usual charming, funny storytelling about a circus performer who makes things disappear.
Near the end, Buhalis sang a poignant Pete Seeger song, "Bring 'Em Home," but first he shared a story about a phone call he received. Someone told him that he's going to "burn in hell with Hitler, Stalin, and Gandhi." Ah, that simplifies things. Thanks, hostile caller, for reminding us of our job as peacemakers. Ya gotta love everybody especially the warmakers. Love wins.
This year's Concert for Peace is at the Ark on Sunday, December 16.
[Review published December 2007]