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Welcome to Building Life


Building Life is a project that grew out of community response to the increased number of teen suicides in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in 2008. The project emphasizes the value of life in its purpose and direction, and the importance of living life well in relationship to others. Music, video, awareness and service continue to encourage teens’ insight and action to avoid becoming overwhelmed by disappointment, fear, or depression.

Building Life offers events, service projects, web-based resources and educational opportunities for both youth and adults to support teens in their lives and life-building.

Wake Up World! featuring Revolution Child

Revolution Child is the band of the Hungarian Embassy in DC and will be performing at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, January 6 at 7:30 p.m. The focus of the donations received is the Reformed Church of Hungary in Delegyhaza, a settlement of about 4,000 people 15 miles south of Budapest. After WWII "the most cruel social, political, economic and even physical attacks were exercised on this middle peasantry." Land was confiscated as they were placed under the management of the Soviet/Communist rule. This remained the case until the late 80's where church life was weak, worship being allowed only once a month on a Sunday afternoon in the heatless classroom of the elementary school. In the early 90's both Catholic and Reformed churches were allowed to begin building parishes and church buildings. Such was the beginning of this build in Delegyhaza. Last year the Wake Up World concert raised enough funds to heat the parish house and this year the hope is that funds will be sufficient to complete the build in its entirety.

Throughout history the Reformed Church has often been the singular voice into adversity faced by war-torn countries attempting to establish freedom and rebuild lives. In this particular situation, Building Life is pleased to bring to Annapolis an excellent performance by Revolution Child whose music is inspiring and telling in terms of the resilience of the Hungarian people.



Building Life.net presents this fundraising event for Reformed Church of Hungary in Delegyhaza. Revolution Child is the band of the Hungarian Embassy in DC. Revolution Child, band of the Hungarian Embassy, and special guests will once again raise funds for the Reformed Church of Hungary in Delegyhaza, a small village south of Budapest. Last year’s concert, held at Woods Church, raised enough funds to heat the parish house!

These are exciting times in Hungary and for the Church there. After WWII land was confiscated and religious worship strictly monitored. At last, in the 90’s, both Catholic and Reformed Churches were allowed to begin building parishes and church buildings. Delegyhaza has its beginnings in that shift in policy, and this year’s fundraiser hopes to complete that build! It is no surprise that the blues, rock and roll and original ballads speak of Hungary’s history under Communist rule, the resilience of the people and, especially, the love of freedom.

Revolution Child plays blues, rock and roll ballads (mostly originals and some covers) and Hungarian songs. The music is about the love for freedom. The original rock ballads are in English and Hungarian. The compositions are based upon real experiences of life in Hungary during and following WWII. They are powerful and convey the rich resilience of the people. Revolution Child is Gianpiero Antonazzo, Andras Lincoln, Bryan Dawson, John T. Wood and Akos Veisz.

Venue Information:
Rams Head On Stage
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
http://www.ramsheadonstage.com



EMPTY SEAT PSA
 

 

"Empty Seat" is a Public Service Announcement written and directed by Dan Gvozden, a professional filmmaker and NYU graduate from Severna Park, Maryland. The PSA itself was a community effort directed towards raising awareness for teen suicide, and many of the students you see in the video have been directly affected by the suicide of an acquaintance or friend. This is a significant issue that has greatly troubled the families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland in recent years. In the Summer of 2009, students, parents, and teachers gathered at Severna Park High School in Severna Park, MD to take part in this project, with the hope that it would be a vehicle for change in their community and, ultimately, communities across the nation. These efforts are intended to change the mindset of communities and encourage young people to continue building their lives, no matter how desperate their circumstances may feel.


Build a Life Song Lyrics 


What does it take to build a life?
A thousand puzzle pieces broken in the night.
It’s empty chairs and angry hearts.
It’s worlds about to start.

What does it take to build a life?
Love like an ocean takes the dark out of the night.
It’s asking when, it’s asking why.
It’s the lows and it’s the highs.

Sometimes it feels like today is the only day I know.
Like everyone is doing fine; tell me why am I alone?
Just want to hear somebody say,
“We are not alone.  Just give it time.  That’s what it takes to build a life.”

I see the sun set in the West.
I hear your voice sing like an angel in my head.
I splash cold water on my face,
A little blue against the gray.

Sometimes it feels like today is the only day I know.
Like everyone is doing fine; tell me why am I alone?
Just want to hear somebody say,
“We are not alone.  Just give it time.  That’s what it takes to build a life.”

I got a hundred things I want to do…
I got a hundred reasons to get through the night…
One day closer;  one day closer…

Copyright Andrew Lincoln

 
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