During this time of giving thanks, I wanted to share these three videos that have been on my mind and heart, they express beautifully and powerfully how I feel while also sharing a message of hope and justice. It is said that when an individual wants to express deep emotion, they use their native tongue as they are able to reflect emotion and meaning more authentically. Being that I was raised bilingually, there are things that I express better in English and others that can only be said in Spanish—and so these three songs in Spanish capture my sentiments of trying to embody gratefulness that is lived and expressed through actions of solidarity. My apologies for those who do not speak or understand Spanish, I tried to find the English translations but was not able to. Despite language barriers, I believe that the music itself has a way of touching the heart and soul; I hope you are able to enjoy and share with others.
I had the great honor and joy of being able to meet and become friends with Yadira who wrote and sings the song Libertad; we studied together for two summers and her passion for social justice and faith was and continues to be inspiring. Her song is a challenge and call to freedom and wholeness, especially for those who are marginalized. At a time where we are freely spending money on gifts and freely running around to parties and freely decorating our homes, may we also remember to freely uphold and help create spaces where people are able to freely live and are treated with justice, compassion, and equality. I believe Yadira’s challenge in Libertad, the message of thanks expressed by Tony, and the embracing of hope despite odds reflected in the Prince of Egypt is not limited to just people of faith, but is a prophetic invitation and challenge to all people to celebrate into wholeness both the joys and messiness of life while also creating spaces for others to freely live their wholeness and amazingness.
When you believe, Prince of Egypt (Spanish version)
Gracias by Tony Croatto
Libertad by Yadira De Jesús (words and other songs available at http://www.yadiradejesus.com)