Mary Lyn Maiscott

"Pink Balloons of Manchester"

After the horrific attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22, I read quite a bit about the victims and the bomber himself, as well as the courage of the people of that city in their response: they turned the image of pink balloons, which had been released at the end of the concert, into a symbol of joy. I then wrote and recorded--on my iPhone, playing my rudimentary piano--a song, "Pink Balloons of Manchester," in admiration for the people there and with the hope of a better common future for all of us. You can hear it on Soundcloud and see the video (again, simple, but including the lyrics) on YouTube.