I’m proud to announced that I’ve wrapped up recording a new composition, which is scheduled for digital release October 13. The song, entitled Suffer the Children, is a lyrical immigrant journey in words and music. The song will be available for purchase on all digital media, including Itunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Apple Music and Spotify. At the current time, I don’t have any plans to release this single as a CD.
Suffer the Children is divided into three components reflective of the immigrant experience: (1) a section of “happy music” representing life in a better time; (2) a section of “dark music,” symbolic of the disintegration of order and the rise of lawlessness that threatens families and forces immigrants to leave their homes and seek a safe place for their families; and (3) an ending in an an upbeat tempo and a reminder that all children should be loved: We are all part of one family – humanity.
Although the lyrics do not specifically mention geography, I was motivated to compose Suffer the Children by the inhumane treatment of families – and especially children – at the southern U.S. border. The song title is taken from the sentiment expressed by Jesus to his disciples to “suffer (allow) the little children” to come unto him. (Matt. 19:14) The song title is also a recognition of the physical and emotional suffering of immigrant children. I would hope that compassionate treatment of children would not be a political issue, but sadly, I expect there will be some who will make it so.
Also note that I will be donating twenty percent (20%) of the proceeds from sales of this song to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). RAICES, the largest provider of immigration legal services in Texas, represents and advocates for immigrants trapped in a system that breaks apart families.