Mark Currey is a singer/songwriter from Little Rock that I have recently become a fan of; he has a great ability to articulately lay out a song, sing it clearly, and make you feel what he is singing. After the Parkland shooting Mark was feeling much of the same helpless and angry feelings as the rest of us, but found hope in the youth making a stand for themselves. That hope led Mark to create the song “Land of Endless Summer”, which pays tribute to the victims, but also calls for us to “Let the children lead us”.
"In the week after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings, I watched these kids do what adults have been unable to do… what they have been afraid to do. I watched them stand up to power and scream “Enough”. And I watched Fred Guttenberg talk about his amazing daughter Jaimie… I watched Max Schachter read a poem his son Alex wrote a couple of weeks before he was killed. Alex was a marching band kid… like me. And Fred and Max are dads… like me. A week ago today I wrote this song…. For the parents who lost… for the kids who are gone and the ones that survived. And for my own kids, who give me hope that they might build a better world than the one we have given them."
"Thanks to Matt Stone, David Valley, Mark Colbert, Bryan Frazier, and Capitol View Studio for helping me to get this out so quickly."
- Mark Currey (3/1/18)
No matter where you stand politically, I think we can all agree that kids shouldn’t have to consider mass-violence in their schools; it’s simply not something they should have to worry about while they learn and grow.
With this song Mark is speaking for the ones who can no longer speak, for the ones who have yet to find their voice, and for the youth to come. While he does not outright call for a specific solution, he does tell us to look to the youth... It's going to be their world soon.
Find out more about Mark Currey at his website: www.markcurrey.com/music
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