Do You Hear the People Sing?

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Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men.
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

(Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg)

I am a great lover of musical theater. And as my family well knows, I like my theater dark and tragic, rich with the immortal themes of injustice, redemption, pain, healing and unrequited love, temptation and salvation, courage and sacrifice, tyranny and triumph.

Not surprisingly, then, topping my list of all time favorites is the magnificent Les Miserables, the epic story of hero Jean Valjean and the people of an early 19th-century France vowing to bring justice and representation to their corrupted nation.  Here we find, as well, the equally magnificent song from above: “Do You Hear the People Sing?”  This song has not-so-mysteriously popped into my head repeatedly over the last week or so, particularly tonight on the eve of Election Day, 2010.  I can think of no better commemoration.

Tomorrow is a day many of us thought would never come.  I need not reiterate the significance of this day for the salvation of our country, but if we the people do not decisively take our country back tomorrow, I don’t know if we ever will.  But I also have complete faith that the people of my country, “singing the song of angry men,” will not let me down. Tomorrow, fired by that anger, may our votes speak for the fact that “we will not be slaves again.”  As they also say in Les Mis, “one day more.”  See you on the other side….


  1. Leonidas
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Ma’am I must commend you on your fine writing skills. To put it eloquently, you ROCK! I must agree with you in that theater should be serious and powerful. I also agree that tomorrow is a day that will live forever in our memories as the day we took back our America and as such I believe “Do You Hear the People Sing” is a very fitting accompaniment. Keep up the incredible work!

  2. Bloodbrother
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Once again an amazing entry. I have not looked forward to voting as much as I do today in a long time. A conservative in California, I am not sure how much impact I can have, but casting a vote against a vulnerable idiot like Barbara Boxer is very gratifying.