‘Believe’ is a song that I wrote just after I quit my day job in 2009 to pursue music fulltime, and it’s become an anthem for me in remembering why I started fighting for this crazy dream, and why I have continued to fight for so long.
Last year I reworked the song into my talk at TEDxCapeTown about just that. It was a challenging and cathartic experience on a personal level, and one that has yielded stories from around the world from people who connected with its message. The stories that fans have shared with me about what this song means to them make me all warm and fuzzy inside. Our opponents may differ, but the idea that we share this fight with others, even in some small way, is comforting. It’s one of the things I’ve always loved about the power of music – there is always a song that connects us to shared experience and makes the fight a little easier to bear, simply by reassuring us that we are not alone.
But sharing my music and story is one thing. Seeing others share it in their own unique way is something entirely different, and I have to admit, it’s a pretty crazy cool sensation when your art is reinterpreted by someone else. Below are two beautiful instances in which that happened. The one constant that has kept me fighting for this dream, is knowing that, in some small way, this song has found its voice in someone else’s dream… in someone else’s fight. And for me, that’s enough. So, once again, to anyone who has shared their story with me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve made this song mean more than I could ever have imagined.
A little while back, I was sent this fan video of the 2nd year Drama & Performance students at the University of KZN rehearsing their final performance piece. Never in a million years did I expect to see one of my songs reinterpreted in sign language! This performance also directly resulted in ‘Hope’, the dance collaboration that I did with the Flatfoot Dance Company at The Playhouse Theatre in Durban last year. Funny how things work out.
I was recently sent an acoustic cover of ‘Believe’ recorded by fans Chelsea Goldman and Wade Degnan, and was so incredibly moved by their haunting interpretation of the song. It’s simply beautiful. Have a listen and send them some love…