~~April 10 , 2021~~
I watched the movie ‘One Night in Miami‘ … I’ve been on a road of self education related to topics about Black Americans, the civil movements, their history in this nation and much more.
I wanted to see the movie’s director’s work – Regina King. It was amazing.
Then I saw Leslie on ‘The View‘ and it all come into focus.
There’s a reason for this song, there’s a reason for this movie.
I encourage you to watch it and listen to this song.
Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. recently made waves when he played Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami.
The film, which tells the fictional story of a night shared by Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay), Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke, features a brand new song that Odom composed specifically for the movie’s score.
The song is called “Speak Now,” and its message is clear.
As Soul Bounce writes, the song “calls us to action on the chorus by asking us to raise our voices as we listen to those around us.” The publication also notes that with lyrics like “Listen, listen/To the message of hope in the whispers of ghosts/Listen, listen/For the children will grow on the seeds that we sow,”
Odom definitely calls to mind Sam Cooke’s own legendary hit, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, he noted that the song is about making the most of the time we have:
“Listen, your time is precious and you’re not guaranteed a lot of it, so speak right now in this moment. Use your life, use everything that you are given, to make a change and to make a difference right in this moment.”
~~Published January 20, 2021~~
“Speak Now” by Leslie Odom Jr. Composers: Leslie Odom Jr., Sam Ashworth
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