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Music Speaks Louder Than Words #NsStrong

Some may or may not be aware, but Nova Scotia, a beautiful Canadian province along the Atlantic ocean in our Area 1 awoke Sunday morning, April 18th, to a slow trickle of unbelievable news.

I have always called Nova Scotia home and live just an hour from where I was born and raised. Things are pretty relaxed here compared to some larger cities. Even our capital city, Halifax, is nothing compared to places like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, or even the larger cities in the states. So crime is something we see on a small scale. Small things make the news. Our evening news celebrates birthday and anniversary milestones by our residents. I like the small town feel of our city.

All that changed on April 18th.

A man, who I refuse to name and further sensationalize, following a domestic fight, went on a murderous rampage, while dressed as a police officer, driving a police car replica. He lit homes on fire, and then shot home owners or neighbours as they tried to help. He pulled over innocent folks driving down the street and shot them. He shot police officers. His killing spree ended when he happened to stop for gas at this same gas station some officers had stopped at. At the end of the day, 22 lives were lost, plus that of an unborn baby. A police officer, a teacher, a nurse, a family, a retired firefighter, and more.

Lots of people experience loss and trauma. While this is now the largest mass shooting in Canadian history, I think what made it so hard to process, was the fact that Covid-19 kept our arms tied.

We couldn’t embrace one another. We couldn’t hug our loved ones. We couldn’t console those who had lost someone. All we could do was sit at home, and keep thinking…

But then, Tuesday night came. Time for Zoom rehearsal. I’m sure a lot of us weren’t feeling up to it, but didn’t know where else to turn. We chatted and sang and did our usual thing. But something amazing happened at the end of rehearsal when we sang ‘Rise Again’, a song written and sung by Nova Scotians.

Those words took on all new meaning, and there weren’t many dry eyes on that Zoom call. And it’s true. When words just can’t express what you’re feeling or trying to say, music speaks.

When the waves roll on over the waters
And the ocean cries
We look to our sons and daughters
To explain our lives
As if a child could tell us why
That as sure as the sunrise
As sure as the sea
As sure as the wind in the trees
We rise again in the faces
Of our children
We rise again in the voices of our song
We rise again in the waves out on the ocean
And then we rise again
When the light goes dark with the forces of creation
Across a stormy sky
We look to reincarnation to explain our lives
As if a child could tell us why
That as sure as the sunrise
As sure as the sea
As sure as the wind in the trees
We rise again in the faces
Of our children
We rise again in the voices of our song
We rise again in the waves out on the ocean
And then we rise again
We rise again in the faces
Of our children
We rise again in the voices of our song
We rise again in the waves out on the ocean
And then we rise again

Submitted by Tanya Reid
President of The ScotianAires
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