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Last night, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama opened the One World Concert with his peaceful, spiritual charm, his contagious laugh and the Syracuse Orange visor he wore for his entire speech.

Prior to admitting that he is not the right person to ask how music affects the soul because he simply “is not interested in music,” he spoke on the idea of teaching our younger generation morality through education.

“Our system is lacking moral education,” he says as the crowd applauded in approval. His Holiness stressed that religion is and will never be a universal form of teaching morality, but education can, and each of us have the potential to help fix this issue. With education, he says that we can use science and purpose as a method of instilling this idea among our youth.

His Holiness concluded his speech around 8:50pm (which was well past his 7pm bedtime) and Whoopi Goldberg took the stage as emcee. After cracking a few jokes and warming up the crowd Whoopi introduced all of the night’s performers. Once they were all on stage, they proceeded to play a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” to celebrate and remember his birthday. There are hardly any words to describe the experience – having this performance follow the Dalai Lama had emotions running high. I found myself tearing up and chills running down my spine while feeling empowered and motivated to make a difference in the world. I’m sure this was an experience that everyone in the Dome that night won’t forget.

Following the united performance, artists such as Dave Matthews, Natasha Bedingfield, Phillip Phillips, Matisyahu, Nelly Furtado, and many more performed number one singles that pictured the idea of peace, acceptance, strength and forgiveness. One by one, each song seemed to swell the emotions of the crowd. Dave performed his recent single “Mercy,” after confessing that he has taken a lot of his better lyrics from His Holiness. Matisyahu sang “One Day,” which expresses hope for a day where there would be no wars and all of our children would be able to play together without discrimination, hate and violence. Clearly reflecting the ideas of the Dalai Lama, Matisyahu seemed to hit home. The crowd continued to roar with excitement when artist Andy Grammer, American Idol winner, ran through the audience during his hit single “Keep Your Head Up.” The inspiration did not stop here, the concert was expected to end at 11 PM but instead lasted until 11:46 with no sign of the crowd losing their energy.

Even though each artist moved us with their music, before the concert, singer Natasha Bedingfield said “I think music is quite a powerful thing, it crosses cultural boundaries, it speaks in different languages and touches you in a way even if you don’t understand what they are singing about, you can feel the emotion.” What Natasha said truly summed up the entire concert before it even happened. Even if you had never heard the songs played that night or understood the language they were singing in, you felt those same emotions that every other person felt at that moment in time.

After all of the moving songs and speeches given by the artists and the Dalai Lama, I want to leave you with one statement by His Holiness that I hope every person took from that night –

“You should not consider tolerance and forgiveness as a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”

-Chelsey Perry

Editors Note: Unfortunately, this article was a victim of oversight. I apologize for the lateness to Chelsey and the readers for the delay in releasing our coverage of the One World Concert. -Charlie

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So Dave has been around for several years and most of the people I know love him (if you don’t, well… I don’t know what to do with you). He has personal shows as well as playing festivals and every single show is amazing. If you haven’t gone to one of his shows then you must get to one ASAP, you won’t regret it.

Dave has been a conversation starter a lot lately, though. He has his weekend fun at SPAC already this summer and is headed to Darien Lake in Upstate NY to play on July 3rd. I’m sure he’s been to numerous shows between those two but those are the two that pertain to us Upstater’s the most.  Recently, I’ve found the Life Is Good Festival in Canton, Mass. and Dave will be there in September. I’m definitely going to that for my 21st and it will be amazing.

Anywho, to make this a SONG OF THE WEEK, I have one of my favorite Dave songs. However, this is a Dave and Tim version so it’s acoustic. Dave and Tim work well together and if you haven’t heard any of their renditions, get to listening!

Sister is a sentimental song in my life, because; well, for the sole fact that I have a sister. But it’s a great song and brings some emotion to the table.  Dave said at his Live at Radio City concert in 2010, that this song has great meaning for him and his sister. He said, “When me and my sister were little we used to think that maybe when she was born God, or whatever, took her heart and put it in my chest and took my heart and put it in hers.” Not to jump into a different category for discussion but I thought this brought a realistic vibe to Dave.

Thanks for sharing your stories and ideas Dave.

-Brooke Leone

If you’re still in Syracuse or well anywhere that it’s extremely hot already, you’re probably dying miserably. Unless you’re in amazing air conditioning and not a humid off-campus apartment…

Since it’s only the beginning of June, it shouldn’t be this hot. Thank you global warming but we aren’t interested in your bullshit. Seriously, wait until July to start being an asshole.

ANYWAYZ…if you’re like me, you get back from work or your internship or whatever you’re doing and you don’t even want to cook dinner because that means adding even more heat into the air. Laying in bed with a fan directly on you is the only appealing thing besides taking an ice cold shower for an hour.

This is the boat I’m in and I hope I’m not totally alone, but I might be. With this all being said, music is the only thing that doesn’t make you move, well at least this playlist doesn’t. Dance if you must, but you’ll just be in a pool of your own sweat soon enough.

Omaha – Counting Crows
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
After The Storm – Mumford & Sons
I’ll Back You Up – Dave Matthews Band
Cannonball – Damien Rice
All At Once – Jack Johnson
Breakdown More – Eric Hutchinson
Don’t Panic – Coldplay
Sleeping To Dream – Jason Mraz
Walk Away – Ben Harper
Transformation – David Gray
Hannah – Ray LaMontagne
#41 – Dave Matthews Band
Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

Happy Cooling!

-Brooke Leone