Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Concert Sings for Peace; Not a Protest, Singer Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Concert Sings for Peace; Not a Protest, Singer Says

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Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer

She finds it a little odd she wrote the song 2 1/2 years ago.

It's called The Flag of Living Stars, kind of a one-world international anthem, and somehow it seemed to reverberate a bit more poignantly after Sept. 11, 2001.

"Several months after I wrote it, the terrorist attack on New York and Washington took place," said songwriter Frances Key of Riverside. "And I have to admit, some of the themes in the song seem to resonate more deeply after the worldwide repercussions of that tragic day."

The anthem begins "Above this earthly flag flies another higher still, with living stars and rainbow stripes human hands could never yield" and continues with such ear-catching phrases as "a flag of light and hope, storms of war cannot destroy" and "[we] must save this sphere of land, that cries out for liberation."

The Flag of Living Stars will be featured Saturday during a noon to 2:30 p.m. performance at the Karpeles Museum, 101 W. First St. The program, held in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day, will feature many performers, including the International Peace Performers, a multicultural youth chorus founded by Key several years ago.

Other featured performers include Claude Meyers, Keith Moore, Sarah McHugh, Gina Martinelli, The Aztec Dancers, the International Peace Performers chorus, drumming by Steve Alvarado and friends and songwriters Eddie Breza and David Lee Redding.

Saturday's performance will be videotaped by Mark Deraj of WJXT TV-4. The video images shot here will be blended with images of other performers around the world. The blended images will be used to produce a music video for There is a Way, a song written by Key.

Featured speakers Saturday include Key, the Rev. Davette Turk of Fresh Ministries, Jonathan Hiott of Heart of Heart Charities, Claude Meyers of the National Council of Community and Justice and Barry Heath of Alternatives to Violence.

Key said she hopes no one views her Flag of Living Stars as a protest song. …

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