These two artists are using their music to share compassion.
Christina Aguilera and Melissa Etheridge have both released singles dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting in at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Aguilera shared a statement with her musical tribute, “Change”, on her personal website that exudes sadness and hope for a better tomorrow.
“I’m sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately,” wrote Aguilera. “Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts.”
The singer goes on to quote Nelson Mandela:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Proceeds from each download of “Change” on iTunes between June 16 and September 14 will be donated to the National Compassion Fund, which will benefit families and victims affected by the shooting. Click here to purchase.
Meanwhile, Etheridge wrote “Pulse” as a therapeutic release following the tragedy. The singer told Rolling Stone, “I just sat here, and I just started writing a song… That’s how I first started to cope because, as a singer-songwriter, I feel very… I’ve done this before. I feel called to speak; to do what musicians do.”
“We’ve been the town criers for hundreds of years. We’re mirrors of society. We want to try to make sense. We want to try to heal. We want to bring some meaning, some purpose. We also want to put it down forever in history,” continued Etheridge. “That’s how I’m coping.”
“Pulse” will be available for download soon, but you can listen to it now in the player below.