Today is a little different. I’m not going to do a normal post. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do and if I wanted to address the tragedies that happened in Orlando this past weekend. I have decided that I really wouldn’t feel comfortable carrying on as if nothing’s happened. It would feel disrespectful and disingenuous. I can’t sit here and talk about music as if it’s something external to humanity. It’s not.
I must admit that I was not at all familiar with Christina Grimmie or her music before this week. I know that many find it distasteful or dishonest to flock to the side of that which you were ignorant merely because it is now in the spotlight. That is not my intention. My intention is to honor life. Musicians leave the world an enduring gift: that of their voice. It would feel to me utterly calloused and coldhearted to not listen.
The same night of Christina’s tragic and violent passing, Orlando also experienced the deadliest shooting that our nation has seen. My heart breaks for those lost, those left, and the whole world as a people. I have no particular ties to these events except my role as a member of the human race. I find that to be connection enough. It truly ought to be. Nevertheless, I’ve not been a stranger to terror and war. That is something that I have lived firsthand. I wouldn’t dream of saying that I therefore understand what the people of Florida are going through, but my heart does ache for them in a very personal way.
I wish not to be political here. I wish not to preach. My aim is not to tell anyone what to do, what to feel, or how to behave. My hope is to say that my heart is turned towards humanity. I want to sit with you all for a moment, and just be. Music is unifying, love is the most powerful force, and humanity is strong when individual people are bound together in the spirit of understanding.
We are all different. We all have different thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. We don’t have to agree. We can still live with respect for others, and most importantly — with love.