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Wyclef Jean for President of Haiti

Wyclef Jean is running for president of Haiti, making today’s jukebox an obvious one:

Dear Reader,

My four-year-old daughter, Angelina, and my wife, Claudinette, are the angels of my life — and I know this year has been especially trying for them, as my efforts for Haiti have taken so much more of my time since January, when the devastating earthquake nearly destroyed my home country. In fact, my concern for my family was my primary thought as I was being urged by others to seek the presidency of Haiti.

But then I came to realize that I have to make this decision for them, and especially for my daughter, as much as for myself and my country. At age four, my daughter has already seen so much suffering in Haiti, but we’ve done our best to have her also witness the beauty of the country and the beautiful spirits of its people. I have always believed in the need to parent her by example, to show her that her dad is a man of action and a man of his word. I’ve told her throughout her life that Haiti’s future lies in our hands — including hers, as one of the young people of the country — and I want to show her by example what I’m willing to do to make Haiti a better place. I believe that to move Haiti forward, it’s going to be necessary to embrace the energy of its people, to unite around a common goal of moving ahead together. Taking all of these factors into consideration over the last few weeks, I have decided to run for president of Haiti.

I’m happy to have my family as my biggest supporters. They’ve been right there with me, helping with the programs of my NGO, Yele Haiti, over the years. Angelina and Claudinette and I were all in Haiti a few weeks before the earthquake, in fact. We went to Cite Soleil, one of the country’s most dangerous neighborhoods, to give toys and backpacks to the kids. The hotel where we had stayed was destroyed by the earthquake, crumbled to the ground. We escaped death by only a few weeks — my daughter, wife and I would have been under the rubble.

Once, I told Angelina she was going to perform with me on Nickelodeon, and she asked me if she was going to get paid. I asked her, “What are you gonna do with the money?” When she said she needed it to send to the kids of Haiti, I cried tears of joy! And when some people attacked my involvement with Yéle Haiti and tears rolled down my cheeks on Oprah, she said, “Daddy, you are too tough to cry. I’ve never seen you cry.” I said to her, “I’m not crying for myself; I’m crying for the people of Haiti.”

Some negative stories continue to be written about me. People might question my motives. Because our daughter is so young, we have shielded her from the negative stories, but when she is a little older, we will talk about those (and there might be many more to come in the next few months — or years, even, depending on how things go in my campaign to make a brighter future for Angelina and the rest of the youth of Haiti).

I’ve tried to do the right thing in every part of my life, but especially when it comes to family and to Haiti. Sometimes I’ve been successful; other times not so much. But for years, I have been trying to help Haiti grow and prosper, and now I think I have the biggest chance I will ever have to make a difference there. I feel my calling is to serve our country in whatever way the people will have me.

I trust that Angelina understands why I feel a responsibility to my countrymen who suffer so much, because I know that my daughter’s heart is as beautiful as she is. I hold Haiti and its growth and development dear to my heart; I have pledged to work for my beloved country just as I have pledged to be the best father I can be to my daughter.

My daughter and my wife, my mother, my brothers and sisters, my cousins and the rest of our family are always first in my heart. But Haiti and its people are a very close second. I hope and pray that my baby girl will understand that, and I think she will — I can tell in her eyes and with the questions she asks that she already understands that to live for yourself is to live selfishly, but to live for others is the best sacrifice that we can make as human beings.

As the Creole saying goes, “L’union fait la force” — “there is strength in unity.” That is something I live by; I get strength from my family, and from all my supporters in Haiti.

Wyclef Jean


Live: Lightning Crashes

Very much in a 90s rock mood today. Thusly, I’d like to share Lightning Crashes by Live.

This is a good song to be contemplative to. So if you have something on your mind, take a listen and get lost in yourself.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

A musical force in his own right, Neil Young is today’s jukebox choice. Heart of Gold from the Harvest Moon album, is definitely one of his greatest songs.

Oasis: Don’t Look Back in Anger

Oasis is one of my favorite bands of all time. They really understood what it meant to be “rock stars”. They understood that when the day was done, feuds lost or won, it was about the music and their audience.

The Gallagher brothers are notorious for their relationship (if you can call it that) with one another. You’d be hard pressed to find an interview where Noel or Liam had something nice to say about the other but, they somehow made it work for a long and extremely successful career.

Check out one of my favorites, Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis:


Lauryn Hill: I Gotta Find Peace of Mind

For today’s Jukebox, can I just start by saying I love Lauryn Hill. Her ability as a musician in unbelievable. Between her work with The Fugees and her solo career, she has proven to be one of my favorite artists.

This song will speak for itself far better than I can; check out Lauryn Hill on MTV Unplugged, with I Gotta Find Peace of Mind:

T.O.P – Turn It Up

I have been wrestling with the idea of doing something along the lines of a daily song or a weekly album. I think it will be fun, because depending on what’s going on in my life, my listening habits change quickly. Sometimes I will listen to one album for a week (sometimes more); other times I will mix it up and float around. It seems like a fun way to start (or finish) the day, and hopefully it will lift at least one person’s spirit when they see it.

It should be consistent enough to be tolerable. I’ll do my best.

So without further ado, let’s get this virtual Jukebox started with a personal favorite (thanks to Ms. Courtney Wirth) T.O.P’s Turn It Up.

Find some Mojo with Tom Petty

I finally got my hands on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers latest album Mojo, and gave it a listen not necessarily expecting too much.  I could not have been any further from the mark.

Mojo impressed me right away for it’s departure from their usual sound (most notably, TP’s Rickenbacker 360/12). While it is still Rock n’ Roll- don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t- there is a definite change in mood with an underlying blueslike feel to it. The band seems to be wearing their hearts on their sleeves this time around.

Suffice it to say, I am thoroughly satisfied with where they went with Mojo, and I would recommend giving it a listen. You will still find what made them great before; this time they are simply taking it a step further.