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Peace Wanted Just To Be Free: A Duet

Updated on February 18, 2018
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Music is a universal language. When coupled with a message of peace translation becomes harmonic and creates an atmosphere of oneness!

Lay down the weapons of war?

Call me naive, an idealist, a dreamer. Call me what you will, but my deepest desire is to experience the reality of peace on this planet. That moment of synchronization when every human heart knows the silence of hatreds tune. In the duet of Wonder and Pavarotti I hear the perfect prelude to this potential. Two men, diverse yet still in concert among us singing the theme and composition of reconciliation and accord.

I imagine a choir of children picking up a sheet of music instead of a gun, learning to sing with the voice of love, not the cackle of malice. I envision teachers who cause them to grasp the view of tolerance instead of having to shield them from the outcome of insanity and fear. For it is the children who are either listening to the melodies of resilience or to the ringing of gunfire. When will we lay down our weapons of war and embrace the tribute of unity? I have never been able to realize my ideal, my dream, yet I sit hopefully, within each breath, each verse I hear here and know that there is a space in which peace replaces pain and where the armistice without suffering resides. Please, won't you join me?

An Incredible Duet of Peace

Beauty in the Breath of Song

In my quest for peace I came across this exquisite, yet unlikely duet by Stevie Wonder and Luciano Pavarotti. I admit I am a fan of both unbelievably talented men. The performance of this piece moved me to listen to it over and over again. Late into the wee hours of the morning, tears streaming down my cheeks, the music enthroned me in a seat of loving, passionate desire for a heart, a new world, filled with the restful treasures that only peace can provide.

Suddenly the following verse began to flow into my being progressively touching each note.

"I beg you brothers and sisters, rest your mind.

Close your eyes, surf the waves of your heart

trembling with the purity of universal language,

from the feminine comes the unconditional spirit,

the harmony which diversity produces

when Peace Just Wants to be Free!

Sent on the wings of the wind...listen,

each note carries a key to life sustained...forever!"

Isn't Peace Worth Freeing?

Though Unilateral disarmament seems unlikely any time soon, the feeling attached to the theme of this masterful piece of music and it's staggeringly soulful performance by two musical icons seems to testify it's possibilities.

Separated only by genre, the stark diversity yet harmoniously orchestrated performance suggests we can produce peace...if we will give it flight to the heavens. Call me a dreamer, but for this moment or set of moments, part of our world, the center of our existence is at peace, unblemished by the conflicts and limitations of life. Linger a moment, please, and experience the grandeur of peace on the wings and voices of freedom!

May peace always be with you... May the inspiration of music and genuine love remain!!! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Written By Stevie Wonder & now indelibly imprinted on our hearts. Please share it with your world too.
Written By Stevie Wonder & now indelibly imprinted on our hearts. Please share it with your world too. | Source

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    • ImKarn23 profile image

      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Bruce: I HEAR your HEART! It 'encourages' me!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC


      If I had your gift with words perhaps I could tell a story like this. But I do have a heart and that will have to be enough to encourage this race of humans to seek peace...and love.

      You could do this topic justice, I know!

      Thanks for the comment!


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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      i have both tears and goosebumps!

      From their lips to OUR ears...



    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      I hope my fellow hubbers and friends with forgive me for re-posting this yet I make no apologies. My deepest and most fervent hope is that this duets song is emboldened in our hearts for eternity. Without the freedom of peace we have neither peace nor freedom.

      Allow for just one moment, the soul of this message to resonate deep within and my prayer will have been heard!

      Peace be with you all of my friends!

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Thank you Bruce, for taking the time to get to know me through my profile. If more people took the time to get to know each other, we might find that we are not so different afterall. I appreciate your efforts.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Linda!

      Thank you for reading, listening and commenting. It was a stunning performance and I'm glad we share the vision of peace!

      I read your profile on your blog and I was impressed with the following:

      " The power of words can promote understanding and encourage compassion and that – is why I am here."

      This is what I try to convey to people; life is fun...and worth living, knows why they are here. I also liked:

      "Every event in my life, good or bad, was a teacher."

      So we do share a vision!

      May every day you exist be a graduation day...a celebration of a life of joyous education...about things that truly matter!

      Thanks again for the read and comment!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Oh Emanate Presence,

      It saddens me so that you are unable to hear, what I believe to be one of the finest duet performances about a subject of great significance to all of us. I hope there is a way you can listen. You won't be disappointed.

      I became passionate about it immediately. Primarily because of the subject matter and also in conjunction with a virtuoso performance!

      Thank you for coming back! I am very grateful!

      May Peace remain within!


    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Paula!

      You're right is...unforgettable! I find myself thinking about peace and immediately this song starts to ring in my heart!

      I am so glad it touched you as is did me. Just incredible. Imagine what it was like for those kids in the choir to be a part of that. It just makes me bawl! I'm so happy for them, that they got to experience being part of something that has the opportunity to enlighten the world about peace! Wow! may it be ever present in their memories!

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bruce, you are a champion surfer in my opinion. This was stunning and I share your vision.

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      Gary R. Smith 

      5 years ago from the Head to the Heart


      Your article is splendid. Like others, I was moved by the words of the song.

      Was all fired up to watch the video, but got this message instead, "Unfortunately, this UMG-music-content is not available in Germany because GEMA has not granted the respective publishing rights."

      Anyway, I have the idea from your well-written and heart-filled article and the comments of others. Thank you for sharing!

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      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bruce......I too can listen to this incredibly moving and beautiful duet, over and over. It is powerfully inspirational.......I felt strong emotions from the depth of my soul.

      Two of the most fabulously talented men in music.....have made this song, unforgettable. I thank you, Bruce, for sharing this with us.....a special and meaningful way to begin my day....UP+++

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank You bravewarrior,

      I'm not sure how anyone could listen to this and not be moved!

      I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks again for reading, listening and commenting!


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Absolutely beautiful!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you xstatic,

      There is never a bad time to share peace! This was done about as well as I have ever heard and the backdrop and background were beautiful as well!

      I am always grateful for your time!

      Peace be with you!


    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hello Eiddwen and welcome!

      I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I am grateful that you decided to spend a few moments of your time here. It is a fabulous combination, is it not? I couldn't stop listening. Moving, powerful and pertinent! And sharing it is the kind compliment of all, not to mention necessary in a world bent on violence.

      Please come back again. I read your profile and will visit your hubs soon!


    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Bill,

      It's been awhile for me, but thank you for reading and commenting. Now, I may not be able to dance, but I can surf! I know all is well with you. You're doing an amazing job here at Hubpages and you are so prolific I can't keep up. The message is one you're familiar with as you do it so well yourself.

      See ya next time!

      Your friend,


    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you LaThing!

      I am always grateful for your kind comments! Thank you for stopping buy!

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A beautiful wish, put to music by great talents. Great idea you had to share it.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Your words are powerful and beautiful Bruce as is your song choice.

      I have never heard of this song and have never heard a duet combination from these two amazing singers.

      I vote this gem up,across and also share all around.

      Now I look forward to so many more hubs from you;enjoy your day.


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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Surf the waves of your heart....that's about as good as it gets, isn't it?

      And this message is so important today....give peace a chance.

      As always, written with love and compassion.

      Well done, Bruce!


    • LaThing profile image


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful poem, and a great message! Your writing is very inspiring....... Thanks for sharing. Take care..... :)


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