The Swiss singer Licia Chery signs a new strong and committed title on the lessons to be learned from the pandemic which shook the planet.
“We didn’t miss anything except hugs.” Denounce the blindness of mankind. It is with this motivation that begins the song “The embrace”, written and interpreted by Licia Chery.
It all started with an online survey conducted by Greenpeace Switzerland on the lessons to be learned from this period of health crisis. A total of 6,000 people were interviewed and a full report have been established. The singer was then contacted by the NGO to synthesize the investigation into music. She explains her approach: “I started the song with this strong phrase found in the report and then I built my lyrics on this basis. I first wanted to stress the importance of physical contact with others. This sentence is provocative, it shows that for years we have lived in a system that has pushed us to consume when what we need most is the relationship with others. ”
What strikes you from the first listen is the absence of instrumentation. A voice alone, calm, poses the text carefully. Licia Chery has reasons for choosing the a cappella song: “These lyrics put the human at the center and which transcribe what many people felt during this period. Leaving space only for words was the best way to make their voices heard. ”
The title is engaged. Beginning with the environmental question, powerful sentences are pronounced: “The return to the source, nature in its mad rush reminds us that it is she who decides, who chooses, who nourishes and defends herself.” The singer says she is especially shocked by the lack of education of people in the face of ecology: simple actions such as throwing waste in a trash are still too neglected. Another issue is raised, those of inequalities: “In my song, I speak of“ golden blinders ”. In Switzerland, everything is hidden but confinement has shed light on a number of inequalities that we do not see. There are some people for whom this period was synonymous with vacations and others who saw their world crumble. ” As for her personal teachings, she admits: “I realized that I was consuming too much. Now I’m happy with the bare minimum. ”
But is there any hope that the world will learn from its mistakes? Not sure … For Licia Chery, only a paradigm shift would lead to real salvation: “As long as the system continues to place the economy at its center, it will be difficult to hope for anything from the future.”
“The return to the source, nature in its mad rush reminds us that it is she who decides, who chooses, who nourishes and defends herself”