Applause!!! Thank you Men of Duke University! This piece is a restoration of spirit for me, and so many others, I judge. You have lifted me to remember that there is goodness in this world. There are men of quality performing acts of quality and there are quality times abounding if we will only look around with expectation and awareness!
I’m so grateful to one of my friends who so kindly shared this piece with me and I am excited to share it with you because this rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water is more than an old song sung by a bunch of college students. It’s an indication that there is more going on on Campus than the stories we hear of destructive behavior as well as the turmoil caused by a deadly disease.
Though we are still in the throws of political tumult, or so it seems, if you listen to what is reported by your favorite news service. There is an underlying tension that somehow we as a society are not enough, that there is something just not right with us. That we as Americans have slid into the abyss of moral depravity.
To me, this piece of a capella music put together and performed by young men with heart is the truest indication of the moral fiber of our country and one short story that needs to be told, even if this story appears only in the mind of this man.
After I listened to this the first time a few weeks ago I have listened to it a multitude of times since then and with each repeat, I hear the same theme. Why this song? Why Now? Why them? Well, that’s not difficult to answer.
Why this Song?
“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” is a classic tune by Simon & Garfunkel that won five Grammy Awards and was ranked #48 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s a song about providing comfort for someone in need. Would anyone contend that at this moment there isn’t a significant need for comfort in our world? I wouldn’t, and for that reason alone I’m grateful there are men, yes even young men, who recognize the need to use their gift (s) to provide that emotional support to those who may be struggling through this difficult time.
In my humble opinion, there will never be a better time than now to lift up another human being. The rivers of tension, discouragement, and despair are all raging and we need to erect bridges to cross them or we will perish in the rising tides. These cataclysmic times are no worse for these men than they are for us, perhaps even more so because the potentially dismal future results are being left to them, yet they persist in pursuing their dreams in spite of it. I commend them!
Because they said YES! They said YES to themselves, to their authentic selves. I imagine at some point they asked themselves “what do I really want to do with my life?” They said yes to who they are, recognizing their role, and contribution in making this world a different place than the one that was left to them.
Or, maybe they were just in the right place at the right time to participate in something of incredible value. In either case, I am grateful because I see in each of them a piece of myself. I see the piece that says I’m enough just the way I am, and within the gifts they have been given we can make a difference in the place we call planet Earth.
Yes, Speak of the Devil created a Bridge Over Troubled Water for this man and allowed me feel connected to a piece of myself that I couldn’t possibly have been connected to before. After all, that’s what bridges do, they connect one side of the river to the other. AND, that’s what men do, they connect one side of themselves to another…then they connect with the world.
Bless you Blue Men of Duke University! May each moment spent together and invested in each other be more than a souvenir in time. May it always be a memorable bridge that reminds you of your immese talent, and your inherent and intrinsic worth. May it also remind you that you give others voice and permission to be who they are when the next raging river in life appears! I may not know you personally, but I will be there to walk across with you!
Thank you and bless you for all you are and all you do!