Musical Monday: Still Beautiful by Vanaka
Happy Monday! Ohhhhh, do I have a great song for you today! Over the weekend (to a rapt audience!) our dear friends Don & Stacey Fergusson debuted their new song and video, Still Beautiful. You may recall that Don & Stacey wrote and produced the Silver Girl song & video that I shared with you a few weeks ago.
If you thought that Silver Girl was great, get ready for more amazing-ness. This is seriously Goosebump City!
Part of what makes the Vanaka (translated to gratitude) songs so unique and special is that they come from, well, unique and special places. Stacey wrote the song after the Sandy Hook tragedy. It evolved from a conversation with her son (who at the time was in 3rd grade) about what happened and why. GULP. After the heartbreaking conversation, Stacey’s son said, “I feel hollow inside.” How apt a description is that?!? Shortly thereafter, Still Beautiful was born.
Ok, enough chitter-chatter. Here is the video, lyrics and some special behind the scenes photographs. Hope that this song inspires you as much as it does me!
And last, but not least, the beautiful lyrics:
By Stacey J. Fergusson & J.R. Richards
Yesterday your eyes were filled with the sky
And now you say you feel hollow inside
Such sadness we wonder why
So much madness we find in mankind
In this world of sun and shadow
Can’t know joy without sorrow
Keep your faith your soul is safe
Look for the love in every face
Lead from the place inside
That knows how to follow the light
Look for the love
Trust the love that lives within
As you let love lead
In this world still beautiful
With all it’s suffering and all its pain
What we have is held more precious
When we see how fast it can change
In your eyes I can see your heart
Light and beauty no shadow can touch
Hold a hand when you’re afraid
And when you feel brave, do the same.
Artistic Director: Rodney Gustafson
Prima Ballerina: Kate Kadow
Prima Ballerino: Ryan Camou
Ballet Master: Marina Fliagina-Domrachev
Costume Design: Ben-Oni Cortes