A song about the importance of coming together in the interest of democracy
Inspiration comes in many forms for artists like Thomasina Levy and Joanie Spear, two accomplished Litchfield, CT musicians who have collaborated on a unique project. Personal experiences, daily routines, family and friends, and nature are just some of the themes that have supplied stimulus for the work of Levy and Spear. Levy and Spear have created a song about the importance of coming together in the interest of democracy.
“Out of Many We Are One” is a song for and about America that speaks about the need for Americans to find common ground in a difficult time.
“We believe in the ideals of democracy; we believe everyone wants peace, freedom of expression and opportunity,” the women wrote in a description of their work.
The song, they continued, is a reminder of the American credo of “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”
“Right now we face a turning point, so let’s seize the moment,” they wrote. “In the words of our presidents, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people.”
It was Levy who sparked the idea for the song. Coincidentally, Spear and cellist David Darling had also spoken about the possibility of a song. Spear was enamored by the concept and the collaboration was on.
“The process of writing this song collaboratively was effortless and joyful,” Spear said. “We look forward to doing it again.”
The musicians are hopeful that those who hear it will gain a greater appreciation for the American way of life and will be moved to distribute the song and its message.
“I do have a hope that it will inspire my fellow citizens to begin dialogues about what it means to be an American,” Levy said. “Dialogue is defined as a formal discussion or negotiation including opposing sides in a political context.”
The Founding Fathers, she said, had lively and contentious debates in writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and didn’t agree on all points. In the end, however, they compromised and a more perfect union was the result.
That kind of compromise is what’s needed now, according to Levy.
“Our country is at a transition point, and transitions are difficult and anxiety-provoking,” she said. “Perhaps this song will help make the transition easier.”
Added Spear: “I hope that people will want to sing it and make it their own. Maybe it can remind us of what we truly want in our lives. I hope it makes these times easier and more full of community.”
Levy and Spear have had long careers as singer/songwriters, composers and performers. The Connecticut State Troubadour in 2005-06, Levy has played her mountain dulcimer at venues across the country, has been a teaching artist with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and has studied with master cellist David Darling.
Spear, with a music degree from Yale, has also studied with David Darling and has been a composer for film, theater and dance productions.
They were joined in creating “Out of Many We Are One” by a talented group of musicians including David Darling, producer Tommy Skarupa, bass player Dave Anderson, vocalist Bill Lauf, award-winning flutist Joseph Fire Crow, and vocalists Rachel Rubin, Robert Brereton, Galen Brandt, Jonah Spear and Kiira Schmidt. David Darling donated studio time at his Camp David Studios in Goshen, CT.
Joining Tommy Skarupa of Tskarupa Productions for the engineering and final mix of the song was Lou Giordano of Black Dog Studio. The song was recorded at Tapeworks Recording Studio in Hartford. CT.
“One of the most gratifying things about the experience of creating this song was how all of the singers, instrumentalists and studios donated their creative efforts and time for little or no cost,” Levy and Spear wrote. “Everybody was enthusiastic about becoming involved in a project with a theme that spoke of unifying our country with a song.”
Out of Many We Are One music and lyrics are available for public use. To hear this song or follow its distribution go to the Facebook page “Out of Many Song”
~ Out Of Many We Are One ~
Written by John McKenna, journalist, Litchfield, CT