Imagine a dream where you sit in a large dark auditorium. There might be other people in the auditorium but you cannot see them or hear them. Up on stage Willie Nelson sings a song about a peaceful resolution.
The beautiful song captivates you.
Upon awakening you cannot remember anything except the words ‘a peaceful resolution’ and a deep feeling of peace.
A long time ago, before September 11, 2001, Amy Nelson dreamt of being in her Dad’s audience. There in the dark she heard Willie Nelson sing the song about a peaceful resolution. The dream meant little to Amy back then.
Now imagine Willie Nelson‘s BioWillie tour bus, the Honeysuckle Rose IV rolling across the Southern California desert April 29th, 2007, at 3:03 A.M. on the way to The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Amy had reminded her Dad about the dream and the song. She could not get the song out of her head.
Willie Nelson said, “Hey look what I did. I wrote the song!”
Amy grabbed her voice recorder and Willie sang “A Peaceful Solution” into the voice recorder.
Later that day Liz O’Garvey and Jay Greathouse received an email from Willie Nelson about “A Peaceful Solution” and an audio file. The April 29, 2007, “A Peaceful Solution” article continues to expand to this day.
Willie Nelson offers “A Peaceful Solution” for people to use in making peace videos. He also allows anyone to perform it and record it. People can even change the lyrics or add new ones.
Liz and Jay popularized the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute website. They invite musicians and videographers to take up Willie‘s offer. Liz and Jay add links to the individual articles about them on the “A Peaceful Solution” video page.
Every article about the individual musicians and videographers includes links to the audio or video file of their version of “A Peaceful Solution” and the number of articles continues to grow.
It all started with a dream about Willie Nelson singing a song. Now many people sing it. More people sing “A Peaceful Solution” every day.
Willie Nelson offers no less than five versions of “A Peaceful Solution” himself. Other people perform “A Peaceful Solution” in their own unique style, record it and send a file to the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute website. Both audio and video files of these performances find a new audience online.
Some people create videos using one of the “A Peaceful Solution” audio files as the soundtrack. Documentary footage, original animations and more all help spread the song and message farther.
As more people send in their versions of “A Peaceful Solution” the project continues to grow.
You can join them.
No licensing restrictions, no entry fee and no deadline applies. Just possess the willingness to record your version and send an mp3 file to us. The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute will write an article and post your version.
Or make a video, upload it to your favorite video hosting site and send in the link. The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute will write an article and embed the video in it.
Include an artist’s statement if you wish. Let other people know what peace means to you. Encourage more people to participate.
Share the dream. Share the song.