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Uniting People Through Music

A chance encounter whilst cycling the other week introduced me to a rapper with a mission to heal the world.  Our passions and purposes connected instantly through a lengthy street dialogue.  Inspired by this, I set about recording a piece of music to unite people for a Better Britain in a Better Europe for a Better World.  The piece is called “We are Everywhere” and symbolises the notion that there are people everywhere who reject the narrow policies of populist politicians and that a better world is not just an aspiration, but a human right and a pragmatic aim if we unite towards a common cause.

We are everywhere

We will not despair

People hear our prayer

In this love affair

Leading a better world

At one level this sounds like a hippy ideal, yet I’m a pragmatist as well as a dreamer.  Our vision embraces environmental reform, social change for a fairer, kinder, and more sustainable world.  Our vision crucially needs humanistic and collaborative leadership to realise the goal.  Please get in touch if you would like to join us.

Inspiration to Innovation

But where to begin on the song?  I find from my own experience and conversations with music legends that there is no single recipe for song construction.  Sometimes the whole piece is constructed in the mind.  On other occasions, inspiration can come from a melody, a drumbeat, or almost literally any stimulus.  On this occasion, the formative elements came from orchestration, a melody played on a treated organ informed by the five syllables of the title, and then a hip hop beat.  But then what?  I recalled a superb soul singer called Alex Watson, nicknamed “The Songbird” that I’d met many years ago in Lloyds of London.  Would she buy into the idea?  Yes, she did, and here is the draft result which bowled me over:

We plan to release “We are everywhere” as a summer anthem to help people reconnect and seek out a better world rather than repeating the mistakes of the past.  If you would like to help us reach out across the globe, please get in touch with me by commenting below or directly via [email protected]

Peter Cookhttp://www.academy-of-rock.co.uk/
PETER leads Human Dynamics, offering Business and Organisation Development. He also delivers keynotes around the world that blend business intelligence with parallel lessons from music via The Academy of Rock. Author of and contributor to twelve books on business leadership, acclaimed by Tom Peters, Professors Charles Handy, Adrian Furnham, and Harvey Goldsmith CBE. His blends his three passions are science, business, and music into unique inspiring keynotes based on the art of storytelling. His early life involved leading innovation teams for 18 years to develop life-saving drugs including the first treatments for HIV/AIDS, Herpes and the development of Human Insulin. 18 years in academia teaching MBAs and 18 + years running his businesses. All his life since the age of four playing music. Peter won a prize for his work from Sir Richard Branson after his mother claimed he was a Virgin birth. He now writes for Virgin.com.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Must be the last time the BBC ever covered a protest against Brexit. The scale, the mood, those people… The unfurling of the LedByDonkeys’ banner at the end-location of the protest really sent a message – altho not shown in this footage.
    Great vocals, haunting and impactful at the same time. Love it!
    More strong visuals and captivating music will help people remember, and hopefully prompt action.

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