Shine From The Valley is my anthem dedicated to Tucson’s phenomenally loving response to the horrific events of January 8, 2011. It started with a little sign I contributed to the lawn shrine at UMC where Gabby Giffords and the others were recovering, blossomed into a song, then a video, and now it’s taken on a life of its own. I’m honored that Ron Barber’s Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding will be using the video on its website, and that we have a chance to perform it on January 15, 2012, to benefit the Fund, because the Fund is an inspired institutional expression of the same vision I had for the song – that it would be a salve for traumatized hearts, a tribute to our loving response, and (most proactively) a beckoning towards a truly civil society where compassion can thrive and violence can no longer take root. We can do it. We’re already on the way. I am in reverent awe of the explosion of creativity and service that has happened in Tucson since the tragedy. Shine on! 


See the video on YouTube here:

Listen to the song at full quality here:

mp3 available here:

The Fund For Civility, Respect and Understanding website:

The sign actually made it into Janet Marcotte’s beautiful photo book Together We Thrive. It’s very affordably priced, and proceeds benefit the Fund: