I have watched in awe as wave after wave of citizens took to the streets, armed only with determination and courage in the face of great odds. Citizens fresh from prayers, and with much to lose. Understandably, I find myself muttering under my breath, "God, please hear them. Please keep them safe."
But SHOTS ring out anyway.
I pace my apartment trying to press the images from my eyes, but know that I can't because that would be to ignore the sacrifice I just witnessed. A sacrifice caught on film and offered to the world as witness to an endless struggle. The struggle to make "The Rich" understand that power, control and oppression - through military or economic means, has its consequences.
Citizens are rising up around the globe taking on issues such as corporate maleficence, market fraud, living wages, workers' rights, gender equality and the right to live in a free and open society.
And I think:
"We're so close. We're so close to all of us coming together...to all of us being on the same page...to lifting our voices as One as we realize that, "Hey, we're all in this together."
So, I wrote a song called..."The Tide".
It is a protest song. A song of peaceful revolution and empowerment. A song about the growing global movement of citizen awareness and an emerging solidarity. A song that I hope will, in some small way, help to grow "The Arab Spring" into a "Global Tide".