Last week, my friend Bill Childs forwarded me this letter he received from someone who has been working in Haiti and is a fan of the Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti cd that Bill and Dean Jones produced last year. It’s a huge honor for me to be part of this compilation and I was so touched to hear of the impact this record is having on so many amazing individuals. Here’s the letter:
I’m sitting on a hammock listening to Many Hands, watching the twilight sky darken, about to make my fifth trip to Haiti, overwhelmed once again by the promise and challenge ahead of me as I head to the place of greatest need.
I work with teachers and children all over the country, bringing laptops and creativity and hope and freedom of a sort. This trip I’ll be reaching another hundred, most of them in Cité Soleil. I’ll also be glad-handing a bunch of so-serious NGO and government types, all with power to help so many more, and all who completely miss the point … that we need to free hearts, free minds … that it’s about children being children, that they need a childhood, they need a friend.
Please pass the word to the artists that they’ve given strength to at least one steely-surfaced marshmellow man spending way too much time & money for the kids of Haiti, who listens to the songs along with his 5 year old daughter, over and over and over.
And that one beautiful twilight night in a moment of considerable doubt, Frances England made me cry the shaking kind of sob with the simplicity and truth of “What Friends Are For.” I wish I could airdrop your CD all across Haiti so the kids there could hear what the kids here are jamming out to in the backseat on the way to their happy, healthy home. Those kids and these kids . . . there aren’t words.
Anyway, thanks again.
If you don’t have this cd yet, please check it out – it’s available on amazon and on i Tunes.