City Strong: A Song Inspired By The Grand Shooting
A KTDY listener (and friend) Jessica Lormand sent a link to City Strong, a song written by Coy Watson, music director at Crossroads Church, which was inspired by the shootings at the Grand Theater in Lafayette.
She asked me to share a link to the song, as all proceeds from its downloads will go to the victims of the shootings and their families. I'll have to admit, I didn't know what to expect before I listened to the song.
Jessica sent Coy's contact information, so before I listened to the song, I called him up. I could sense that his emotions were mixed: it seemed as though he was happy that I was interested in getting the song "out there", but I could also tell that he was sad about the events that led to him writing it.
We are stronger
We stand together now
Nothing in the world's going break our hope
Our love is greater
Lafayette. In speaking with friends and family, he was reminded that it's our unity which
gives us strength.
Our faith is stronger now
tragedy to remind us that together we are stronger, and that Love will always overcome
evil. I have been privileged to travel many places around the world and I can attest,
Acadiana is a very special place. The best people in the world live here."
No evil in the world's gona take our home
We are one in a city strong
Those lyrics, right there: WE ARE ONE IN A CITY STRONG. Simple. Powerful. True.
- The lyrics of the song and the images in the video can help to heal the wounds of those directly affected by the tragedy.
- For people like me, who don't personally know anyone who was there, downloading the song can help soothe the helpless feeling that I've had since the shootings.
- Of course, the monies raised from the downloads will help the victims and their families.
- The images in the video, and the words in the song can only bring us closer together as a community.
Coy didn't write the song to gain notoriety. Nor did he write it to make money. He wrote it to help. To help the victims, and to help the community.
I invite you to take a moment to watch the following video. There's a short introduction by Coy, and then the song.
To give credit, Coy listed the people who helped on the song who gave of their talents and time: Tony Goulas on guitar; Tim Courville on drums; Colby Huval on bass; Aaron Thomas is the tracking engineer; Donnie Bolden, his wife and two daughters on vocals.
After you watch the video, take a few minutes to download City Strong. For the victims. For Lafayette. For us.