A recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University has written a song in hopes of inspiring American solidarity with the people of Hong Kong who have been doggedly protesting a proposed Chinese extradition law and police brutality.
Called “The Egg,” the debut single by Moxy Mohr — who has gone by Moxy Anne for over six years — is a song that was borne out of deep love for the city of Hong Kong, highlighting their struggle to maintain their freedoms.
Moxy Anne explained to The Christian Post that the song is different from all of her previous works. She wrote it because one of her best friends from Hong Kong shared something with her that stirred her to get creative.
“I didn’t understand it. It was on Instagram, this meme. Half of it was in Cantonese, half of it was in English, and at the very end it said: ‘I stand with the Egg,” the songwriter told CP in an interview.
Not knowing what this “egg” was all about, her friend explained the quote, which is derived from a speech by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. The speech was given on February 15, 2009, when Murakami was in Israel, accepting the Jerusalem Prize. This prize is awarded to writers whose work centers on themes of human freedom, society, politics, and government. In his remarks, the author compared unarmed civilians to eggs who are thrown up against walls of oppression.
“Each of us is, more or less, an egg. Each of us is a unique, irreplaceable soul enclosed in a fragile shell. This is true of me, and it is true of each of you. And each of us, to a greater or lesser degree, is confronting a high, solid wall. The wall has a name: It is The System. The System is supposed to protect us, but sometimes it takes on a life of its own, and then it begins to kill us and cause us to kill others – coldly, efficiently, systematically,” he said at the time.
He will always be on the side of the egg, he explained.
She was so inspired by his words she knew she had to write a song about it in solidarity with the Hong Kong protesters. To pen the song, Moxy Anne sifted through articles about what Hong Kong government officials were saying and Twitter posts of protesting Hong Kongers, pulling directly from those reports and tweets to craft the verses and refrain.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter