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Mother and Daughter Team Up to Make “Dream a Dream” Music Video for Four Years. Go.

By Susan (Suza) Singh

For many years I have been a passive observer of how we treat each other and the earth. Although I was aware that the current status quo was not sustainable, I never really knew if any contribution that I could make would actually make a difference. I approached several organizations to volunteer, but became disheartened with the restrictive guidelines for getting involved.

About a year ago my daughter started to teach me about becoming environmentally responsible. At first I humored her, thinking to myself, ‘This doesn’t make much of a difference.” Yet the more I reflected about it, the more glad I was that everyone did not have my attitude. We started to adopt various strategies, thinking of new things that we could do to help the planet.

A friend of ours who is involved with Awakening the Dreamer (a program of The Pachamama Alliance) sent us some links to videos of Lynne Twist. I watched a few hours’ worth and really enjoyed them. Lynne said something that struck me: “Whatever it is you do or can do, just do that.” Well, I thought, I do have some skills that might be helpful.

A few months previously, I had registered with Four Years Go. Afterwards I thought, OK, that’s nice – now what’s next? After mulling over the possibilities, I decided to pursue a music project. My daughter Asha has always loved singing and dancing, so this would get her involved with something that sparks her creativity and helps promote a worthy cause.

So, we created a song as a mother-daughter collaboration. I wrote the music; we both wrote the words and melody. Asha sang the lead and I did the backup vocals. She created her own dance moves, and I did the editing. Thus “Dream a Dream” was born.

Our video was such a rewarding project to work on! Its words inspire me:

Dream a dream

We can dream anything

It’s all up to you

Show them just what you can do

I sometimes forget that we can put people on the moon, conduct surgery from the other side of the planet, and halt mighty rivers with our creativity and ingenuity. Our will and passion can overcome the greatest obstacles, our commitment can stir millions of people to great causes, and our vision can travel into new dimensions.

We can be better. It is surely not a case of can we allow the earth to gift us with all its splendor and wonder, but the real question is, will we?

As Asha says: “We can be anything, anything we want to be.’


Suza works under NowLife International as systems strategist, videographer and editor for Area 51 Machine Design. Area 51 is a forward-thinking engineering company looking to create a closed loop hydrogen system for storing wind energy. This would mean the reduction of electricity use from the grid and less reliance on fossil fuels.