Thanks to former NPR reporter and former ABC news producer and bureau chief Deb Amos, who forwarded to me this wonderful YouTube video which I’d never seen before. The graphic technique has been used often before, but it tells a wonderful story of Arab-Americans who are just like you and me, while being of another religious and ethnic tradition. The differences between us are no more nor less than the differences between any one American and another.
You almost have to watch the film and devote your attention fully to it and then do the same for the song because each make very strong statements. The latter is especially interesting I think. You have a Muslim-American writing a country music song that affirms traditional Muslim values that are also traditional American values. It’s really quite masterful. Another beautiful irony of this song is that it adopts the same musical genre, country music, which after 9/11 inserted so much jingoism and Islamophobia into American popular culture.
Thanks for sharing that Richard — it was beautiful!!
It is absolutely Lovely…:-D
Maine Property says
Thank you for sharing. In today’s world culture it has become ever more important to gain an understanding of the world and people around you. Thank you for helping spread compassion and understanding to your fellow humans.
Jamboree In The Hills says
This is an interesting post. If you are ever in the area you should check out Jamboree in the Hills. I think you would enjoy it.
From Nashville says
the best song ever
Amir Thompson says
The track reminds me of some song by another atrist that I really liked … but I can’t really remember which one :-/ does someone know what artist I’m talking about?