This page is devoted to the song
“To Carry On: An Anthem of the American Immigrant Experience”
It was after the 2016 presidential election that I realized TO CARRY ON also speaks directly to our charged political moment, when reservoirs of hope are needed–whether for Syrian refugees, deportable immigrants, or broken-hearted Americans. TO CARRY ON is a song about inspiration and inclusivity. My hope is to widen the circle – to present the song in a way that stays true to its origins while encompassing individuals from other countries and cultures.
I see the song as a kind of synthesis of ‘Born In The USA’ and ‘We Are The World’: a person who embraces becoming an American is already on the road to being ‘Reborn in the USA.’ The video is dedicated to the more than 27,000 DACA recipients who have been frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Origins of the Song