Jon Bon Jovi and Bettye LaVette sing at “We Are One”: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
Bettye LaVette is a soul and blues singer/songwriter… renowned for her dramatic stage presentations. Jon Bon Jovi is best known as the founder and lead singer of the rock band, Bon Jovi as well as being successful in business as well as being a philanthropist. The two musicians have differing backgrounds, at times quite different musical styles, and differing success stories.
Yet, they collaborated singing “A Change is Gonna Come” (written by Sam Cooke) at the January 18, 2009 “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial”. I am not particularly a political person and do not lean particulaly right or particularly left. I lean towards what seems best for my family, my state and my country.
However, listening to this stirring collaboration between Lavette and Bon Jovi brought me to tears and brought me to a deeper thought process regarding the extent of struggles in our country…and the world. The words are just as timely now as when they were first written. Take a minute to listen, to watch, to quietly be touched by the collaboration…the sincere vocals, the eye contact, the smiles, the pride, the honesty, the honor.
This collaboration may have taken place in Washington D.C. and there was certainly boundless hope for the future held by many at that time. My point is not to say whether I think Obama’s eight years in the White House were successful. What I think is not really important. My point is to say that collaboration appears to be coming across as blatantly absent today. Looking back, it appears that politicians also did not work together for Obama.
There was a time during Obama’s years in office that I came very close to refusing to turn on any of the cable news reports…particularly ones that are broadcast at and after 7:00 pm. There was such negativity on both sides. He said. She said. They said. Please…someone change the channel to Fixer Upper or the Property Brothers…immediately.
I thought…can we please just hurry up and get to the new election? I did not want to hear this constant bickering. 2009, 2010, 2011…speed ahead to 2017. Surely the political pundits can tone down their prohibitive rhetoric.
Wishful Thinking. The News Reports are Worse, If Possible. The Political Pundits are Showing Rare Form in Disturbing Ways. More Bickering. More Accusations. Nothing is Right. Really? Nothing Appeared Right Last Year…Or the Year Before Or The Years Before That.
The following quote is from part of the coursework for “Live Exchange”, the foundational course on communication for: The MBA Design Strategy Program at California College of the Arts…
“The best teams quickly build a safe environment of respect and trust where collaboration can thrive. The Methods of Communication graphic examines how real-time versus delayed communication methods map across collaborating versus coordinating tasks.”
The writer (Shawn Ardaiz) goes on to expound on the subject of communication methods that promote collaboration…
“I believe emails and other sensory-deprived methods are susceptible to misinterpretation and interpersonal communication failure. Non-visual cues and voice inflections are essential to deciphering true meaning, all of which are required for successful team collaboration”
THEREFORE…COLLABORATION, DIVERSITY, CREATIVITY, COMPLEXITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING ARE MADE STRONGER BY DIRECT AND INSPIRATIONAL COMMUNICATION.
PERHAPS THAT IS WHY THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN BETTYE LAVETTE AND JON BON JOVI WORKED. POLITICAL LEADERS OF EITHER PARTY SHOULD COLLABORATE WITH QUITE A BIT MORE EXPERTISE. AND THAT IS MY OPINION ON THE CURRENT SITUATION.