(c) 2017 Words and Music by Victor Johnson
Written on May 31, 2017 and dedicated to Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Rick Best.
“Tell everyone on this train, I love them.” – Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche
When I saw these words and read the story behind them, I couldn’t get them out of my head. I live in Bend but I was in Portland the night the attack took place. I learned what had happened the next morning. It was a couple of days later, back in Bend, I read the story of Taliesin’s last words. I was already consumed by everything that had happened and I felt this was the most powerful expression of love I had ever heard. It really stuck with me and spent much time in meditation and deep thought on them.
I also happened to tune into the live arraignment of Jeremy Christian, and just before he was led away, I heard him say “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism.” The fact that I actually saw him say those words live, made them even more disturbing. But they also made Taliesin’s words seem that much more beautiful. When you confront evil and face it, love shines with a beauty that is beyond words. My heart is broken for the loss of their lives (Taliesin and Rick)…but their spirits and their love is eternal. Love will always be more powerful than hate.
As someone else said, we’re all on this train together. We are all connected. It matters what happens to other people. This song is my effort to honor Taliesin and Rick, and to continue the message of love. They are heroes in the deepest sense of that word…and Micah Fletcher as well. And Rachel Macy.
Speak out for love every opportunity you have. Only love can conquer hate. Be love.
Watch and listen:
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Victor Johnson is a singer/songwriter based in Central Oregon who writes songs that promote healing, love, and forgiveness, and celebrate divine beauty in people places and things. He has written several songs for victims of tragedy to honor their spirits and divine beauty, including “J’adore la France”, “Rain Makes the Flowers Grow”, “Black Sun”, “Kingdoms, “The Road to Savannah”, and “Sweet December Day”