We are fortunate when we have some we can call on.
Others are fortunate when they can call on us.
Been noodling around with cover tunes over the past few weeks. One I had played years ago with a band (The Hubcaps). The other I had forgotten about and never sang. Both songs remind us that no matter the circumstances, no matter the size, there is power in community. Sometimes to give. Other times to receive.
Written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, and released in 1961, “Stand By Me” remains an anthem of love and support. No matter how dark the night or overwhelming the surroundings, with someone standing by your side you will find strength.
Video recommendation #1 for the week.
While John Lennon released his version of the song, there is nothing quite like Ben E. King belting out the lyrics.
Released in 1979, J.D. Souther’s “You’re Only Lonely” brings chills with phrases like
…when you’re feeling lonely and small and you need somebody there to hold you…
…I was there when you were a queen and I’ll be the last one there beside you…
…Don’t ever be ashamed because you’re only lonely…
No matter how small you may feel, how far you have fallen, or how alone you may feel, having that someone to reach out to
Video recommendation #2 for the week.
Turn up the volume and sing along. Remember, if you need me all you gotta do is call me.
One song from the perspective of a care taker. The other from that of the care giver. We are fortunate when we have some we can call on. Others are fortunate when they can call on us.
Make it a wonderful week and HTRB has needed.
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And you can still order:
- Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019, print and e-book). Available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at the above link.
- Stories about Teaching: No Need to be an Island (2017, print and e-book). Available on Amazon. One college’s new faculty onboarding program uses the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos (see the link above) would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
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