“HEART FULL OF REALITY”

By Steven F. Adams - SOUNDWAVEONE 

"AS THE SNOW FLIES ON A COLD AND GRAY CHICAGO MORNING A POOR LITTLE BABY CHILD IS BORN IN THE GHETTO, AND HIS MAMA CRIES". PART OF THIS AMAZING SONG RESONATES IN MY EARS. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I AM A REAL SUCKER FOR LOVE BALLADS AND REAL, TRUE SONGWRITERS. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF SONGWRITERS THAT TELL A STORY WITHIN THEIR MUSIC. WITH THIS BEING SAID, ONE OF THESE SONGS HAS BEEN RE INTRODUCED...AND WHAT A PURE, DELIGHTFUL AND TRULY MEANINGFUL SONG THIS IS, HAVING SUBSTANCE AND REAL DEEP FEELINGS THAT DESCRIBES SO MUCH AND RINGS VOLUMES! THE SONG WAS WRITTEN BY THE COUNTRY/ROCK CROSSOVER MUSIC ARTIST, MAC DAVIS, OF "DON'T GET HOOKED ON ME" AND " STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES" FAME. 

THIS SONG THAT MAC DAVIS WROTE WAS OFFERED TO SEVERAL MUSIC ARTISTS AT THE TIME, INCLUDING THE LATE ELVIS PRESLEY. ELVIS ACTUALLY DID RECORD A VERSION OF IT IN 1969, THE RECORD SINGLE CALLED "IN THE GHETTO" AND BROUGHT THE SONG TO A NUMBER 3 SPOT ON THE AMERICAN CHARTS. AND NOW, OVER 50 YEARS SINCE, THE SONG HAS BEEN REMADE BY THE COURAGEOUS CHILDREN'S CENTER IN UGANDA, AFRICA, LED BY THE AMAZING AND PURELY TALENTED DdUNGU JAMES. 

THE SONG IS VERY FITTING, AND IT TRULY AND HONESTLY TOUCHED MY HEART, ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS AMAZING PERSON, DdUNGU HAS A HEART OF GOLD FOR THE INCREASING LEVELS OF POVERTY, HUNGER, HOMELESSNESS AND INSTABILITY BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. WITH THIS BEING SAID. THE SUCCESS OF THIS SONG WILL ENABLE US TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS SPECIAL PROJECT AND TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHOSE FUTURE IS NOT SO CERTAIN. THIS SONG HAS ALWAYS STRUCK A CHORD WITH MY HEART, AND NOW THIS STORY THAT DdUNGU HAS PRESENTED IS A REALITY. 

IF I HAVE ANY POWER TO PERSUADE OTHERS TO GET INVOLVED, THIS IS THE TIME!! I AM ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. AS A WRITER, I HAVE A PASSION FOR WRITING WHAT I FEEL ABOUT THE MUSIC FOR WHOM I AM WRITING THE REVIEW FOR, AND IT ALWAYS ARRIVES FROM MY HEART. AS A WRITER OF THIS REVIEW ON THIS ISSUE AND THIS SONG, I FEEL COMPELLED FROM MY HEAVENLY FATHER, WHOM ALL MY BLESSINGS HAVE COME FROM, TO SAY THAT THIS IS AN AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL VERSION OF THE SONG, "IN THE GHETTO". 

THE SONG SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR WHAT THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH MUST BE EXPERIENCING. IF I CAN DO ANYTHING IN LIFE TO ASSIST OTHERS, THAT'S WHERE I PLACE MY HEART & SOUL... INTO ALWAYS HELPING OTHERS! TO QUOTE ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES, " DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND HELP PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY, THAT'S WHAT I AM MADE OF AND WHAT IS IN MY DNA FOREVER. THIS IS AN AMAZING SONG CHOICE, AND I'VE ALWAYS LOVED IT. 

THIS VERSION WILL ALWAYS BE IMPRINTED UPON MY HEART, KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING THAT OTHERS GO THROUGH SITUATIONS THAT SOME OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED. NOT EVER TAKING ANYTHING FOR GRANTED, I FEEL THAT I AM TRULY BLESSED AND HONORED TO WRITE A REVIEW OF THIS SONG AND IT'S a DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN REALITY AND WHO I AM AS A PERSON, WHO TRULY CARES ABOUT OTHERS! THIS RENDITION OF THE SONG, AFTER READING ABOUT WHAT THESE CHILDREN AND YOUTH ARE EXPERIENCING, REALLY COMES TO LIFE. 

WHAT AN AMAZING AND BRAVE SONG THAT STANDS AS A BEACON FOR THE TRUTH, REALITY AND THE WAY OF LIFE THAT THESE CHILDREN LIVE, AS OF NOW. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PASSIONATE ABOUT CAUSES IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. BUT WITH THIS RECENT AWARENESS, COUPLED WITH THIS SONG, I HAVE COME TO REALIZE MY ENDURING LOVE, SUPPORT AND FRIENDSHIP FOR THIS CAUSE, INCLUDING DdUNGU JAMES AND THE COURAGEOUS CHILDREN CENTER UGANDA AFRICA, SPONSORED BY ELAINE PRESLEY FOUNDATION.

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