If you're not familiar with the late Donny Hathaway, the best way to describe him is musical genius. He was brilliant, talented, creative, and passionate when operating in his gift. He was also a father, husband, and -- still is -- a certified legend. However, his phenomenal musical legacy that he built in his short 33 years of living is often overshadowed by his struggles with mental illness.
This song threatens to choke me up every time I hear it. For one, the songwriter Ed Howard once said that the song was inspired by Hathaway. Howard commented that he wanted Hathaway to be free from the battles he endured.
Secondly, I connect with this song because I think about its significance. I think about what it means to be free. I think about the multiple meanings that this song take on. I think about how many of my ancestors never got that chance to experience to feel freedom. I think about my own quest of achieving personal freedom.
If we really and truly believe that we can be free one day, and I mean the type of freedom where you can wake up, decide your day, find release from your heartaches and struggles or at least find healthy ways to help you positively cope with your troubles, I believe life will be as sweet as it was designed to be.
Although I believe life is already sweet, someone out there may need encouragement. Allow me to echo Donny Hathaway:
Take it from me, someday we'll all be free.