Cause Song of the Month

ALEJANDRA RIBERA, "Orlando," 2016

Posted on July 7, 2016

I am Orlando/You are the world,” Canadian folk singer Alejandra Ribera’s somber song begins. Originally inspired by the title character Virginia Woolf novel Orlando, it has now taken on new meaning. She wrote it in Paris the week of the Charlie Hedbo massacre in 2015 after she was “paralyzed by my sadness” and used songwriting “to soothe myself,” she notes in the press release. “At that time I needed to remind myself of the potential for transformation that can only come in our most vulnerable moments.” She released it now as a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting and the other recent tragedies. Listen to the song here. — Karen Bliss