It is a sad time for so many after the events in South Florida, as a 19-year-old gunman opened fire on staff and students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
As an artist, my aim is to speak into the world, but for a couple of days now I've had nothing to say.
I was speaking to a friend and mentor of mine, and he encouraged me to look at the situation not with hatred for the gunman, but with sympathy. "That is something I cannot do," I wanted to retort; "that is madness, to give him any measure of sympathy is almost a crime against the victims," is the thought that ran through my mind. But I heard him out.
What if our interactions--or lackthereof--have more of an effect than we realize?
What if someone had been in Nikolas Cruz's life as more than a bystander?
Maybe these lives wouldn't have been lost,
And maybe Nikolas' life would have had a different trajectory.
I hope my song '17' allows you to respond to this tragedy in such a way that is rooted more in hope and restoration than hatred and vengeance.