Unification News for May 2005
Spreading the Culture of Heart through Music
Interview with CARP student Laurel Sayre
Laurel Sayre is a student at Temple University in Philadelphia majoring in English. During her 3 years in college, she has initiated a couple of interfaith Dialogues on her campus.
In 2003, Laurel was Miss USA representing America at the Mr. and Miss University International Pageant held in Seoul, Korea during the World CARP Convention.
Laurel is also an inspirational singer-songwriter. Her song "Peace is in Our Hands" received an award and it was released on a compilation CD that was named after her song and featured 12 other songs about World Peace.
What or who has inspired you the most in your songwriting?
God really works through me in my songs. A lot of my songs are prayers and that's a big part of my life as well as my songwriting. Also, just life in general; the experiences that I've had with my friends and family.
What do you hope to accomplish through your music?
I think music has a way to touch people's hearts in a way that nothing else can. I want to inspire and uplift people. There are a lot of really great artists out there, but many times people aren't uplifted by their work and some music can be pretty depressing. Life should be enjoyed and I really want to impact the culture by giving people life when they hear my songs.
What do you find most challenging when writing a song?
When you're writing, it's really an expression of yourself and your emotions, which are all intangible things. What has always been the biggest challenge for me is taking those feelings and putting it into a form that everyone can relate to, at the same time making it unique and interesting so that lyrics aren't too cliche.
As a musician what are some obstacles that you've encountered and what keeps you going?
There is always the occasional writers block; but even more so it's getting up enough determination to get you out there. Music is a real calling for me and it's something that I love. I love being in front of audiences and seeing that they are enjoying my music is what keeps me going.
When you leave this world how would you like to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as someone who really had a drive and passion to do something. Even if I don't end up with my name in the history books I just want to be known as someone who put my heart into everything I did. (Laughing) I hope there will be a lot of people who miss me when I'm gone.
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