+ I heard this morning that Wynton Marsalais is already in Cuba doing peace-making work through the cultural arm of Lincoln Center(www.wyntonmarsalis.org/2010/10/05/wynton-marsalis-chucho-valdes-cuba-havana-jazz-concerts/)
+ There is, of course, the ground breaking work of Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra that brings together Jews, Muslims and Christians to make beautiful music together beyond the confines of their culture and history. (www.danielbarenboim.com/)
+ And let's not forget either Pete Seeger's life's work or the coexistence ministry of U2.
So what I'm going to work on is a four-part Advent series about how our mysterious, still speaking God - who is so often hidden beyond the obvious - is bringing to birth the seeds of peace through a whole bunch of musical experiments. I think of the powerful music of "Playing for Change" as a paradigm: not only do they advance beauty, peace, truth and goodness throughout the world, but they also live into the healing changes they advocate. (http://playingforchange.com/)
You HAVE to dig this...
So what are some of the songs or ideas that YOU know have promoted and advanced the cause of peace? Classical, jazz, world/rock/folk... I would LOVE to hear from you as I explore this idea for Advent.