If a million hands can build a wall, a million hands can break it down.
Sometimes, in the wake of tragedies as dark as the Orlando shooting, all we need is a little light.
Since the terrifying events took place on June 12, the nation and world have rallied back. With countless protests and memorials, perhaps none as sobering as the sobering demonstrations held during various pride parades in which masked participants marched in silence, holding the photographs and names of the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting.
Now, thanks to the talent and influence of a dedicated group of celebrities, a truly joyous and inspiring way to remember the fallen has come in the form of uplifting songs that remind us of the healing and destructive power within each of us.
Listen to “Hands” and “Love Make the World Go Round” here.
The massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando shook the nation on varying levels. From misguided fears about Islamic extremism to the very real threat of domestic terrorism, from a renewed call for gun control and increased gun legislation in the United States to the simple reminder that the LGBT and Latino communities are still persecuted and killed simply for loving who they love and being who they are, the unspeakable acts committed against the 49 victims and 53 people wounded was a historic event for numerous reasons.
Yet in the wake of tragedy, we’re reminded that there is always a hint of light, even in the darkest of times. And in this case, it’s starlight.
Celebrities using their talent for good is one of the inspiring things to see, especially when it comes in the form of music. Following the Pulse nightclub shooting – which has since been called the deadliest mass shooting in American history – singers and musicians have teamed up to produce two new songs, both of which will donate proceeds to funds aiding Pulse victims and their families.
The first song, “Hands,” was written by songwriter Justin Tranter (known for Bieber’s “Sorry”), and it brings together an incredible group of celebrities sharing the powerful message of what our own hands are capable of, starting with the lyrics “Can hold a gun/ And hold your heart.” Listen to it for yourself!