One Love — #WATWB


Yesterday was Thanksgiving, arguably the best holiday of the year if you live in the States, a time to put aside our differences and give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us.  My kids were all home, sleeping under the same roof for the first time since the last holiday, always a bonus and enough to buoy me for weeks after.

The day felt like a living thank you note to the universe and I moved through it with a full heart, grateful for the many moments I often take for granted:  the first sip of coffee; the gym where my daughter and I punched and kicked our way through an hour of body combat (not with each other — it was a group fitness class); to the healthy smoothies I made after the gym that didn’t even taste like they had spinach in them (!); to the food prep for 25, a mixed-media of friends, family, and significant others who chose to spend Thanksgiving with us, lining tables that spilled out from the dining room into the living room; to the lovely meal which I enjoyed slowly for a change, preferring conversation to running around and making sure everything was just so; to the lingering conversation after dinner over Proper No. Twelve (Conor McGregor’s new Irish Whiskey) while planning the venue for the next holiday (it’s good to think ahead); for the time spent in front of the fire with the kids, watching a movie; to the last moments before sleep, holding my husband’s hand in the dark, whispering words of gratitude for this often crazy, chaotic, confusing, often amazing and always on purpose life of ours.

All of which leads me to today’s #WATWB, a story about Koolulam, “a social musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society.”  Their tagline is:  Singing is Believing.

On June 14, 2018, Koolulam gathered 800 people — Christians, Jews, and Muslims, at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.  It was Eid al-Fitr, the last night of Ramadan, the Muslim month devoted to fasting and introspection.  Tickets to participate in the event sold out in 7 minutes.

The singers were separated into sopranos, altos, and baritones; they started rehearsal at midnight and spent 45 minutes learning their parts to sing Bob Marley’s, “One Love.”   By 3:30 a.m., they had completed five takes of the song.

One love…

One heart…

Let’s get together and feel alright.

I dare you not to be moved by the finished product.

Today is the last Friday of the month, and I am sharing this good news story as part of the #WATWB — We Are the World Blogfest.


This month’s cohosts are: Damyanti Biswas , Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Simon Falk

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pam lazos 11.29.19

About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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30 Responses to One Love — #WATWB

  1. cath says:

    Oh wow, how did I miss this? I wonder why it never made it to News programmes. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  2. These are the kinds of moments I savor too, Pam…just the quiet moments of being together, enjoying sweet food with sweeter company. xxxxxxx Hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a blessed New Year! xxxxxxxx

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      Ah, yes, it’s been a lovely time although I’ve had like zero time to work on my novel which I had hilariously promised myself I would advance during this break. Ah well, some things, like spending time with family and creating lovely memories are more important, I believe. I could do with a few fewer desserts though. ;0) Hope your holidays have been merry and bright, Jean.

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  3. theburningheart says:

    Beautiful… 🙂

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  4. Resa says:

    H Pam! I follow you from my Art Gowns blog, now following from my GLAM blog.
    That is one amazing video from a fantastic happening. I can hardly wait for the rest of he world to catch up!

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  5. What a wonderful Thanksgiving, Pam. I loved every moment of it with you.

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  6. Wow, Pam, that video was so moving for sure. Maybe there is hope for us. Your Thanksgiving with the family sounded wonderful and what Thanksgiving should be. 🙂

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  7. Pam my darling, i often think people I have met here are much more supportive than those I ‘know’. And I am so grateful for your friendship. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  8. hilarymb says:

    Hi Pam – that’s just brilliant … I loved learning more about it – while the music and singing is quite extraordinary – so moving. Perfect for the world today – let’s hope ears are open …excellent #WATWB … cheers Hilary

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  9. Susan Scott says:

    The faces of those singing were infused with one love! Thanks Pam, lovely video. Your Thanksgiving sounds blissful! Have a great weekend xx

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  10. What a powerful and heartfelt rendition of Bob Marley’s song, “One Love”!

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  11. Hey there, Pam. That’s a great video. Very, very inspiring.

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  12. A lovely post Pam, to be thankful for the simple things in life…which are not that simple at all but things we often take for granted xxx

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