A singing workshop in Brussels hosted by Kirsty Martin and Dorothy Oger in celebration of love, hope and resilience, three years since the Brussels attacks.
Kirsty taught ‘Common Ground’. She says of the song, “this song is woven from three different, yet complementary, strands! (…) Shortly after Jo Cox died, I wrote a song based on her maiden Parliament speech that includes the now iconic phrase “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.” (…) It wasn’t until I discovered the beautiful poem “For Love” and the force for positive change that is Dorothy Oger, that the original song came back to me reimagined. (…) Dorothy Oger wrote the poem as a response to her friend being killed in the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22nd 2016. (…) The third element of this song comes from Maori words and expressions meaning “to connect in meaningful ways”, “respect”, and “My friends! This is the essence of life!”.
Dorothy and Kirsty shared this beautiful song in the spirit of “having more in common”, of “standing for love” and in celebration of “connecting meaningfully” continuing to be expressed in many different ways.
Hear Dorothy Oger reading her poem I Shall Stand for Love here.