There is far too much for me to even blog or even speak at this point. I’m still processing the reality that I was fast asleep while 49 people were being massacred 500 feet away from our front door.
So I’m not going to say anything more tonight. I’m going to let Lin do all the talking. His beautiful acceptance speech from the Tony Awards this past Sunday night was the balm my soul–and I think–the nation needed.
My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.
To hear Lin speak this himself: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004467857
Thank you Lin-Manuel, you beautiful, eloquent tropical fish.