Just before the start of this song, I dedicated performance to the memory of my niece Kristie Payne - a victim of gun violence in 2020.
From Afterglow Chorus Director Arnold Lee:
"Like all of you, AfterGlow Chorus is grief-stricken with the recent, horrific mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville where six people (including three children) were killed. We have no words to offer in the face of unspeakable tragedy. As singers, we can only try to express our sorrow and anger through song. We're sharing this new YouTube video of a song from our recent Fall Concert in Oakland "Virtual Insanity: Mass Shootings & Madness of the Modern World. 'Watch You Burn' by Chris Stapleton was written for the fifth anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017. Our concert performance featured the incredible soloist Clif Payne who was our Guest Artist for the concert.
If you may be interested in learning more and possibly donating to organizations related to mass shootings and gun violence, we respectfully suggest the following local and national organizations:
Youth ALIVE!: Based in Oakland, Youth ALIVE! "saves lives by preventing violence, intervening in moments of crisis, and healing the trauma violence causes.”
Sandy Hook Promise: "Sandy Hook Promise envisions a future where children are free from shootings and acts of violence in their schools, homes, and communities.”
Giffords: "Giffords is fighting to end the gun lobby’s stranglehold on our political system. We’re daring to dream what a future free from gun violence looks like. We’re going to end this crisis, and we’re going to do it together. "