The Drum of Our Calling

What if you had the support you need.

Words and music by Sarah Pirtle © 2005 Discovery Center Music, BMI


What will you do with your love,
what will you do, what will you do?
What will you do with your love for the Earth?
If money and if time did not get in the way
what would you do with your love for the Earth?
You have wings on your feet, you have power in your voice.
What will you do with your love for the Earth?
Friends are all around. There are a million people cheering.
What will you do with your love for the Earth?

Production: Engineered by Joe Podlesney, JoePodMusic. Ellen Clegg, steel drum.

The Story of the Song

Ideas for Workshops: In the 1980’s in Interhelp, we had a practice of coming together and asking each other-- “If money and time were no obstacle, what would you do to help the Earth? How do you hear the Earth calling?” I wanted to put this into a song that could be used in workshops.

We met in small groups of three and took turns answering. Next, we asked each other, “What is something you can do in the next week as a first step toward this goal?”

Supportive questioning: “What does your heart call you to do?” Once you have identified that, you can ask, “How can you take a step in this direction right now?”

See more information on how this activity has expanded in Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown.

Please see the essay, "Social Change: Interhelp and the Work That Reconnects" within Using These Songs for more information.

Quotes to share:

A Tibetan proverb says that people are so interconnected, when we toss a dream up into the air, it doesn’t only fall on our own head. Half of it falls on the head of our neighbor. This song asks about our dreams for the Earth.

Mary Link, former director of Peace Brigades International, says, “When you dare to dream a positive future and see possible pathways to that future, you relight the candle of hope and empower yourself with actions.”

For discussion: When I step toward my heart’s calling, I also find that I hear an inner “crusher” arise. I have found it very helpful to write down this “crusher,” and then write down its opposite, and work toward healing the inner belief system that this crusher represents.

Contacting Ellen Clegg: When I heard Ellen play steel drum, I wanted to compose a song so that she could play it on the recording. Information about her work can be found on Ellen writes, “Everyone who breathes has rhythm! Everyone with a heartbeat has rhythm! FOUND SOUNDS develops community with a time-honored inspirational approach to embracing differences and building camaraderie.”