Jerusalem Western Wall, Dome of the Rock 521.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Could an international anthem help, even in a small way, to foster world peace
and understanding, and combat racism, prejudice and hatred? I have long thought
that, however naïve, absurd and quite outlandish it may sound, our old world
could perhaps benefit from an international anthem. I feel it is now more
pertinent than ever, and even more possible in these days of miracles of (and
exploding ) communications.
Moreover, the Land of the Bible, Israel,
could be the catalyst, the real home, for such a project. After all, in the
beginning was the word and perhaps the word and music can help us live
peacefully together – in the true meaning of the word “shalom.”
rousing, heartfelt and very 21st-century song that speaks to the world, all
ages, about the globe and its people, our universality and our natural wonders,
and yet maintains individual ways, lifestyles and approaches to life. A
patchwork of peoples. In no way military, political or to do with any “ism” or
religion. Respect for who and what we are.
A song to show no matter who
or what we are (even celebrities), or which religion, philosophical beliefs or
ambitions, we are all members of one small world, all of us headed in the same
ultimate direction. There is no special way through the door of life for
Such an anthem could be played at all the world’s main or minor
events, including the Olympic games, World Cup and international festivals, as
well as local and national functions, and especially at schools. It could be
tied in with lessons to the young, our future leaders. Our generation is just
taking care of the world for future generations.
Although I have a rough
draft of words I have written to music penned locally, I feel Israeli musicians
could be involved in, even lead the way, in project International Anthem, with
possible input from musicians worldwide. A global effort out of
The final song would be played initially (launched) by the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra, with an Israeli conductor. Perhaps played simultaneously
in Israel by a youth orchestra and followed around the globe by leading
orchestras and choruses. Then played and sung worldwide, in large and small
cities, country towns and off-thebeaten- track areas, by combined local
orchestras and choruses, made up of different people, with different
People around the globe and of all ages and beliefs on the move
through music. A song of one world, a musical poem to our planet, the universal
family, sisters and brothers.A possible introduction:Down the Ganges
waters, along the River Seine To honor our great planet is all the people’s
Across the wall of China Along the Andes track Holy, Holy Jerusalem,
To the Great (Australian) Outback And on from there.
I realize in these
days of wars, nations falling apart, growing problems of refugees and much
suffering, an International Anthem could be seen as an anarchronism.
couldn’t it possibly be the start of a movement toward living together, to one
world, rather than possibly none? If you work toward an idea and remain
determined, it need not be just a dream. Israel has proved that it can be done,
has dared to attempt and achieve what is believed to be the impossible.
can imagine the spirits of Bronislaw Huberman, founder of the Israeli
Philharmonic Orchestra, and of composer Ludwig Beethoven being present at the
premiere of the International Anthem, with a chorus comprising people of all
ages and from across the globe.
In different tongues and a mighty roar
Their song of hopes for a new world soar.
Wasn’t the world made round so
that music would encircle it in many languages and foster understanding?
author is an Australian-based author-journalist.