“We are One”

May 18, 2007 at 9:18 pm (Karen, Trip 2007)


“We are One”: new theme song of the music therapy students was spontaneously composed in less than an hour after the visit to the first orphanage, Nyumbani. A group effort with beautiful lyrics that embraced community, hope and resilency will be sung wherever we go.

Today, it was debuted and within 15 minutes, approximately 60 new voices of the children and staff at Shangilia joined the choir in beautiful harmonies, rejoicing in new found friends. This was music therapy at its best – tapping into the music that lives within us all, no matter what our abilities or disabilities, our disease or state of health. Already, these children are our teachers and we also got to share some clinical techniques with the children and staff.

karens-breass-band-on-stag.gifWe broke into four different groups – dancers, vocalists, percussionists and I found myself leading a brass band – some trumpets and trombones were just donated to the orphanage and there were approximately 8 children who were assigned to form a band – they didn’t read music but it didn’t matter – they were fast learners – ‘twinkle, twinkle little star” is universal and within no time, the squeaks and honks began to sound recognizable. But what impressed me the most was how focused and serious they were. this is just the beginning…

Each day is so full of new experiences. It is an amazing time.


  1. Carylbeth said,

    This will live with you always – how precious this all must be and what a beautiful thing indeed! I just posted a note to all on the main/”about our trip” page.

    love and light to you – CBT

  2. Cousin Katie said,

    This is so exciting! Can’t wait to hear the song in person. Love living vicariously.

  3. Donna Chadwick said,

    “We Are One” is the essence. The song will be a theme for all MT, all beings, all the earth. Inspired beginnings, inspired destiny. You’re all channeling pure love.

  4. marty ginivan said,

    wow- are you guys going to be in a coke commercial singing “we are one”. it really sounds like the work all of you are doing will stay with you forever.

  5. Katherine Walters said,

    Hi Karen,

    I can only imagine what it feels like to be so connected to such a wonderful group of such soulful individuals. They sound so inspirational and also so inspired by your group. What an exchange you are having together. You give me goose bumps! I am singing with you in spirit.


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