"Children of This Light"
I wrote this song before I even knew I would travel to Mexico City to be a part of a documentary on the life of the street kids there. The song is in part about my own childhood, growing up in a family where a lot was lacking and a lot of burdens were transferred onto us. This is the case with a lot of families. We all grow up with whatever light or truth we are given and we carry the good and bad effects of this as our personal story. It will always be a part of us. But as we grow into maturity, we can fight to see another light and a greater hope beyond what we learned, and not allow our past to define or limit us. The kids on the street have also come from abusive families and are in this same fight. Though I may never have been on the street, to some level, I feel their pain and I see them. This song just so happened to tell their story as well.
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"Higher Than the City"
This song was also written about my experience in Mexico City working with kids and adults living on the streets.
The first verse is about 2 kids I met. One was a sweet girl named Guadalupe who was only 16, had a 3 year old, and a baby on the way. They lived in a homemade house made with sheets strewn up like a tent, under a bridge. Then there was a teenage boy named Junior who was so outgoing and full of life, but super addicted to huffing deadly solvents. He wanted to be a rapper and he made me laugh and cry, because I didn't want him to die.
The 2nd verse is about a man named Alfonso who had so much joy. He had been on the streets for so many years. He told me that "You have to thank God every single day, many times a day. He is keeping me alive." He carried a Bible around and seriously brought me to tears when he told me this. I felt that my problems couldn't be that impossible if this man here had learned about gratitude in the most dire situations of life. He has since passed away from Parkinson's Disease, but his memory will live on for all of us that knew him.
These people really touched me in a lasting way. To be up close with the poor, to see their joy in the midst of a deep sorrow in the eyes, is not something you quickly forget. We are all human, with hopes for life entwined with sorrows. Though many pass them on the streets, they are not invisible.
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