Note: This post originally appeared on LivingNonviolence.
“I was told as a child, ‘You’re blind; you can’t do this,'” guitarist and singer Raul Midon once told an interviewer. “I was told when I moved to New York, ‘You can’t do that, you’re not going to make it.'”
How grateful the world can be that Midon didn’t listen to the doubters. Now 40 years old, Midon combines amazing versatility on the guitar, passionate vocalizing, and visionary songwriting to create compelling music. He even throws a little “vocal trumpet” into the mix.
I first became acquainted with Midon’s music on TED.com. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Its conferences bring together some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk or performance of their lives–in less than 18 minutes. More than 500 of these presentations have been made available to the public so far, for free, and more of them are added to TED.com every week.
In the film clip below (around 9 minutes long) Raul Midon performs two original pieces, “Everybody” and “Peace on Earth.” The second song, Midon acknowledges, is much darker in mood than the first, but in the end “peace on earth” still “lurks in the hallway” with the “ghost of war”. Which will we choose? Which do we really want?
Midon has certainly found a way to (as he sings) “make a difference in the world.” He encourages us all to do the same, each in our own way. Individually and together, we can change the world.