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Layton's "Letter to a Nation" honoured in song by Raffi
For Immediate Release: October 27, 2011
Like so many Canadians across the country and across party lines, west coast singer/ songwriter Raffi was deeply saddened by the recent loss of NDP leader Jack Layton.
“In his last letter to Canadians, Jack Layton expressed a spirit of cooperation and positivity that resonated strongly with me and with many Canadians. This message was so widely shared immediately after his passing, I wanted to capture its wisdom in song to help us remember,” says Raffi, who in recent years has written songs inspired by the likes of Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, and the Dalai Lama.
“Layton’s last words gave Canada a historic moment. His message of love, hope, and optimism transcend politics—these are enduring values for young and old to embrace.”
Raffi recorded “Letter To A Nation” on Salt Spring Island where he lives, after sharing the song demo with Olivia Chow (Layton’s wife) who gave the song her blessing and expressed her support for its sharing.
"This song really touched me, as I'm sure it will touch countless people.
Jack believed so deeply in the ability of young people to change the world.
I hope today's children are as inspired by this song and by Jack's legacy."
Olivia Chow, MP
Suzanne Little 250-538-8536 suzannelittlePR@gmail.com
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Watch Raffi sing this beautiful song at Layton-Chow's house, playing one of Jack's guitars!