June 2, 2019 - The power of song to change things

The singing of songs is a fundamental human response. Songs can cheer, celebrate, record events, subvert authority, and, as in our bible reading for today, songs can shake the very foundations of a man’s life.

After the invasion of the USSR into Estonia, a quiet “singing revolution” began. The songs eventually shook the foundations of the government and changed everything. The revolutionary songs they created anchored Estonia’s struggle for freedom, which was ultimately accomplished in 1991 without the loss of a single life. The Estonian activist, Heinz Valk said proudly of his countrymen, "Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing, and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song. Singing fueled the non-violent revolution that defeated a very violent occupation.