Today while out for my walk I listened to Howard Stern interview Miley Cyrus. I danced to her father’s Achy Breaky Heart at my wedding so I am not exactly her demographic. But I have changed my opinion of many celebrities as a result of Stern’s discussion with them. And I was curious.
The shooting in Las Vegas came up as I was walking on a busy street, cars speeding down a curvy, hilly stretch, and I had the thought that anyone could drive by with a gun and shoot me. I am not prone to such thoughts and as fast as it came it was gone. It’s a part of all of us; how could it not be? We’ve watched the videos recorded by the people there, we’ve heard the almost unrecognizable sound of the gunshots, so out of place in the middle of a country rock song. For any of us who’ve ever attended a concert, that could have been us.
I continued my workout and Miley and her band did an in-studio performance of her hit song, The Climb. In deference to what happened in Vegas, the artist did more of an acoustic version, and I found myself enveloped by it from the start. It is an anthem and It spoke to me personally, as I walked outside with limited sight, and to all of us grappling with the world we live in. Music unites us all, despite different tastes and genres, and as hokey as it may seem, I was not only walking for the blind woman I suddenly was one morning five years ago and the visually challenged person I am today, but all of us trying to heal and go on.
I invite you to listen to the performance here. Not a Miley fan? No problem. Hope has no demographic.