July 4, 2008
My favorite song of Donna Fargo’s is “You Can’t Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine)”, which is a celebration of Christian values that simultaneously pushes those claiming to have them to live to a higher standard.
When I saw that Donna Fargo had a new single at radio about America, I wasn’t expecting to hear a patriotic song in the same spirit as “You Can’t Be a Beacon”, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. I was thrilled.
“We Can Do Better in America” is an inspiring and challenging record that calls on us to draw on our shared values to tackle the problems we currently face. Miss Fargo does not mince words, mind you. She paints a stark picture of all of the things that are going wrong, from gas prices to homelessness, but responds with the can-do spirit that we can fix these problems if we come together as one.
She asks pointed questions like “If life is for living, why not peace instead of war?” and in the same don’t throw stones tradition of “Beacon”, she asserts that “If we want to lead the world again, we’ve got to lead ourselves.” It’s a call for the people of America to focus on the things that matter, and stop being sidelined with trivialities, as she perfectly sums up in the line, “This is no time for apathy. It’s time to face reality.”
In four minutes, Donna Fargo managed to do for me what Barack Obama and John McCain haven’t yet: believe in a better tomorrow for America. If she was on the ballot this fall, she’d get my vote.
Written by Martin Cooper and Donna Fargo
Listen: We Can Do Better in America