Changing the World: The Girl With the Ukulele

I don’t know if you follow the show, “America’s Got Talent” as I do, but this year in it there is a 12-year old girl who plays the ukulele and sings *her own songs. Her name is Grace VanderWaal, and she is amazing. She has the kind of voice you can’t forget; high, a little croaky in places and breathy in others, but it is enchanting and unique.

Hers is the kind of voice you hear from an old soul. Her lyrics are unusual and thought-provoking, her timing and delivery is perfect, and her poise and conviction as she sings is both heart-breaking and breath-taking. After the first time I saw her perform, I couldn’t get that voice out of my head. Her songs are magnetic and true, and I think that she has a rare gift to give this world.

I’ve said it before, but it seems that even in the midst of all the terrible things going on in the world now and all the awful things that divide us; still there is hope. It may come in different ways:

  • a community who comes together to care for a homeless family
  • one person who decides to make a random act of kindness each day
  • a woman who loves to knit, and makes dozens of warm scarves, mittens, and hats, and leaves them in the park for people who need them to find
  • a man who makes dozens of sandwiches every day and delivers them to hungry people
  • a child who befriends the new kid at school
  • a dog nobody wanted that gets a home and a family who loves him
  • a sports figure who befriends a sick child in the hospital
  • a smile from anyone

….or it could be a young girl with a unique voice, playing a ukulele.

*These are the lyrics to the song she wrote about her best friend, her older sister. The song is called “It’s a Beautiful Thing:”

“You think that you know my heart
And you probably do
So I’m always with you
I could stay with you for hours
In an empty room
Never get bored
Never have nothing to do

You’re my other half
You’re what makes me, me
What makes me smile
When I fall down and can’t get back, get back, get back up
On my feet

[Chorus]
You’re a beautiful thing
We’re a beautiful thing together
Even when the weather is low
We can find the rainbow
Up in the sky
You’d say don’t you cry, it’s all gonna be alright
That’s a beautiful thing

Make hours into seconds together
The weight of the world feel like a feather
Cause we’re holding it right in our hands

You’re my other half
What makes me, me
What makes me smile
When I fall down and need to get back up on my feet

[Chorus]
You’re a beautiful thing
We’re a beautiful thing together
Even when the weather is low
We can find the rainbow
Up in the sky
You’d say don’t you cry, it’s all gonna be alright
No, it’s all gonna be alright
That’s a beautiful thing!”

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One thought on “Changing the World: The Girl With the Ukulele

  1. pamkirst2014 says:

    I’ll be looking Grace up today, for sure! Thanks, Jane!

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