I woke up today the same person that I was yesterday, with one exception, that I am even more deeply committed to the values that I cherish – chief among them: equality, judicial fairness, education, renewable energy for the planet, an end to war, religious freedom, economic prosperity for all, non violence and the belief that diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
If you woke up after this election scratching your head, bewildered about what happened, at least rest assured that our country can agree on one thing: we all want change. The question is do we want to bring about change that is centered around fear, bullying and prejudice or change that comes about through people working together to revamp politics and expand freedoms and opportunity for all its people?
For sure there is a great schism in our country right now. Lots of yelling and name calling, lots of worry about the future and sadness about the message this type of politics is sending to our children. Don’t let it dampen your voice, make you feel less confident or deter you from the belief that we can live side by side while moving forward with change.
In 2000 I put out an album called ‘Stay Human’ and since that day it has been my rallying cry to people everywhere to hold on to human dignity, kindness and connectedness, to fight for humanity and the planet with tenacity, compassion and love. Although it feels like this idea may have a diminished place in the world, the truth is it is needed now more than ever before and right now it needs each of us to carry its torch so that our collective light may illuminate wherever darkness attempts to intrude. Don’t let the news of this election get you down.
Use your feelings today to fuel your commitment to being a part of the positivity and endurance that is needed to get us through this most challenging moment of our life time.
If legalization of pot in my state is one silver lining from the election, today I am not rolling up a joint to celebrate — I’m rolling up my sleeves with millions of other Americans and billions of people around the world who are watching to continue the struggle to create an America where all people are respected, a society where everyone has a place and a planet with a healthy future.
Keep your head up, help love find a way and Stay Human!
We invite you to join the GOOD TO BE ALIVE MOVEMENT where people across the globe are coming together to give voice to the positive things in their lives and taking small steps towards a world where everyone can say it’s #goodtobealivetoday.
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“Good to be Alive Today” is a song about gratitude. A song to remind us of the good in the world, especially on the days when our souls are rocked by all of the bad news that surrounds us. A reminder to be grateful for all we have, at the same time, to tenaciously stand behind things in life that serve the greater good. –Michael Franti
I wrote this song to pave a path towards positive change and a new way of being. I invite you to join me. #StartToday
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The New SOULROCKER Album features songs that infuse acoustic, electronic, reggae, dancehall and natural earth elements, all with the message of people coming together to support each other and the planet.
“I make music for one reason; I care about people and I care about the planet we live in. Right now the world needs music that speaks out against hate and violence, that speaks up in support of the planet, in support of justice for all of humanity — and also makes you dance!” – Michael Franti
“The new SOULROCKER Album and SOULROCKER TOUR are all about making music that changes people’s lives, removing barriers between us, standing up for what we believe and rockin’ out so hard that when we’re done, we believe that anything is possible!” – Michael Franti
Photo: Nathan Thoen
Franti Friday is BACK! — We’re capturing our favorite moments from cities along the SOULROCKER Tour and sharing the high vibrations! Check out episode 1 featuring our friends in NYC. See y’all on the road!
Video: Nathan Thoen
The New album SOULROCKER is filled with songs of inspiration for the challenging times we are in, celebrating people and the planet and standing up for what we believe! — In our Storyteller Sessions I share the personal root and inspiration behind each song on the new album, why I wrote, them and an acoustic video version of each one. I’m super excited to share the first of this series with you…”My Lord,” a song that celebrates the many ways we all find peace.
Download the anthemic club rocking version on iTunes and then hear the story behind it and the acoustic version in this video.
Video: Neu Productions
“I believe in the power of positivity. What we think, listen to, and believe all affects the way we feel everyday. What we wear is no different.” – Michael Franti
Hey SoulRockers! With the shared love of music and compassion we have in our growing community, it’s no surprise that together with your support we have made 500 musical wishes come true through Do it For the Love Foundation!
Check out this heartwarming video where you will meet our friend Michael and his family as they learn their wish to meet Billy Joel has been granted.
#SoulRockers #DIFTL #Doitforthelove #EveryoneDeservesMusic #Musicchangeslives
“We created Soulshine Bali to be a place of happiness where you can chill in a fun, friendly atmosphere, explore the beauty of Bali, enjoy delicious organic food and let your soul soar in the sun. Whether your passion is practicing yoga in our roof top studio, walking through the rice fields, lounging by the pool, day tripping to the beach, temples and volcanoes, or finding your perfect spot to sink into a good book, the chic and unpretentious vibe will make you feel at home. So come on out to Bali and find out what makes Soulshine a beautiful place to play!” – Michael Franti
Located in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia