Brainy Quotes: Definition of Society: "The persons, collectively considered, who live in any region or at any period; any community of individuals who are united together by a common bond of nearness or intercourse; those who recognize each other as associates, friends, and acquaintances."
PEACE AND THE JAZZ FOR PEACE FOUNDATION'S UNIQUE WAY OF
SUPPORTING NONPROFITS / NGOs WORLDWIDE,
HELPING TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD:
"If you're going to go through life taking the things that fill your soul and throw them to the side and take monetary, capitalistic things that victimize others and ultimately don't fill your soul, then you're going to lead to destructive behavior as a species.
"There's humanitarian issues involved here, and when we fill our souls up with creativity, artistry and intelligence, things of that nature, we have a better shot at avoiding the behavior that leads to destruction."
By not acknowledging jazz as American's leading contribution to the world, DellaRatta says we are sending mixed messages to the world and to ourselves.
"It's been obvious to me that jazz is a music that brings enlightenment to our species. We need to raise our level of consciousness and then we can see past the need for violence and see that there's so much we can do together to make our existence greater. We have so much to offer each other."
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Composed and performed by Rick DellaRatta with Rene Hart and Vito Lesczak. This Poem was read at the Savannah Jazz Festival in September of 2001 and "Jazz for Peace" was founded 12 months later and has raised funds for more then 700 organizations.
I hear jazz for peace coming through the trees,
And in my heart it fills me like a celebration.
I see the light and I want to follow,
Inspired by the past contributions of
Those that came before and laid the groundwork
For us to build on in this universal language
That is a gift for all mankind.
And when we speak it,
People are enlightened by the creativity and artistry
That stands for peace and love and humanity
And intelligence that leads to reaching potential
That we have in our soul.
So we can raise our total conscience and
See that the gift of giving is our greatest privilege.
Follow Up Comment for Cameroon Mentor on YouthLast Updated on 2011-02-10 at 12:09Dear All,
After reading this reply from David about my efforts and hard work or even call it success, I felt like I'm really changing those lives and impacting them my own little... More »