Where the Internet Took Us – Special Real Life Edition

Last Friday we went to see our friends Murder by Death perform at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for the 25th Anniversary of Live From Bloomington.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s an annual music event that raises money and food for the homeless in our community.  It’s a great event put on by the Union Board of Indiana University, and we wish them another 25 years of giving back via sweet rock and roll.  We also thank them for giving us the experience of hearing one of the most touching and beautiful songs we’ve heard in a long time during the opening act’s set.  It takes some explaining, but the song is worth it so we hope you keep reading.

For the special anniversary the Union Board did something different this year.  They organized a songwriting collective at IU dubbed the Brio Pop Society who wrote a collection of songs together and acted as an ever changing backing band for the individual songwriters during the performance.  The one theme they followed was that all of the songs had to have some kind of tie-in to Indiana.  Some wrote about historical figures with Hoosier ties like John Dillinger, some about the movie Breaking Away, and so on.  The results, as you would expect, were mixed.  There were some good rockers, some not so good rockers, some passable ballads and then this bombshell of a song that no one was expecting, and that we started to tear up during.

The song is “Eva’s Tikkun Olam” and was performed by Loren Gurman of the group Gardendale & Berkley.  The song tells the story of Eva Mozes Kor, Holocaust survivor, advocate of forgiveness and founder of the Candles Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute, IN.  It does so in a poetic first person narrative that reminds us once again why we believe in the power of song.

We hope you check it out, and check out both Gardendale & Berkley and the work of the Candles Holocaust Museum, as we feel both are worth your time and support.

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