Here’s a powerful short documentary about the recording of a song, a song written by Nichole Cooper who survived homelessness and wrote the song when she was 15 years old. Natalie Merchant somehow got a hold of it and made it possible to record and share this song which appeared on a benefit album entitled “Give us your poor.” I’ve long owned — and enjoyed — the album, but had never heard this story:
Here’s a fascinating performance of Beyoncé’s lyrics to “Single Ladies” as a dramatic monologue:
I have to admit — I like the monologue version much better than the original song:
Lissa Rankin and others have written about the ways in which we ought to be focusing on wellness and health, and investigating what might be possible with the “placebo effect” rather than considering it an anomaly. I have no idea what she would say about this experiment, but I think it’s pretty powerful.
Kind of interesting that the best concise articulation of what’s wrong with the US prison system comes from John Oliver:
Seattle University has an innovative program going where stories from real families are incorporated into animated shorts. Here’s one of them (there are four in total). Please take a moment to watch it, and share the project.