Culture days is a celebration of all things artistic. We paint, we sing, we attend community events that bring us all together. We dance and sometimes, we cry.
Last year’s song by K’naan, Waving Flag, was a HUGE success as our dance pick. Most of us aren’t that coordinated, but we all danced and clapped with joy as we made our way down Main Street. Different songs speak to different people, but that one spoke to all of us. So what now?
For 2011, I’m proposing Michael Buble’s song, Hollywood. This choice is not the favorite, but here’s why I like it. The tune is amazing and fun, as is the voice. Here, in the lyrics, is why it fits.
‘So don’t fly higher, for your fire, put it in your head, baby Hollywood is dead, you can find it in yourself. Keep on loving what is true and the world will come to you, you can find it in yourself.’
Each of us is an artist, though we may not paint, or write, sing or play an instrument. We all dream, we dance in the shower to the Black Eyed peas, we sing into our hairbrushes (yes, even at 57.) We create things every day, whether it’s an essay for school, a project for work or a braid in a child’s hair. We are all artists. We find what we need inside ourselves, when we love what is true.
When we dance down Main Street, we’re celebrating so many things. We’re saluting this amazing country that we live in. We’re acknowledging the artists who add an extra dimension to our world, bringing colours and insights and emotions we’ve never imagined or experienced. But mostly we’re celebrating each other. As friends and neighbors, we're dancing in unity, flowing and laughing as we move together. Our eyes meet and we smile, acknowledging just how amazing this experience is. Hollywood may indeed be dead. But Flin Flon is alive and well, and we're rockin' it!
Let me know what you think! Let’s get a dialogue started.