“Try A Little Tenderness” is the Peace Song of the Day for November 4th. The song was written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. The song was covered by many great artists, including by Nina Simone, Tina Turner, and Otis Redding.
Duchess Susanna has chosen this song, because it represents the idea of sending out love and compassion…even when someone might seem mean, or tired, or cranky. It could help in personal relationships, and maybe even in work for peace and justice.
More thoughts on why “Try A Little Tenderness” is a peace song:
“Try A Little Tenderness” could be a lesson or mantra which could help someone dealing with conflict or domestic violence. This song reflects the value of good listening, which is a part of Nonviolent Communication. This song expresses feminism, in that it is written by men, and sung by a man, who allows himself to be open to his most tender feelings, and show respect for women.
Excerpt from Lyrics:
Try A Little Tenderness
Oh she may be weary
Them young girls they do get wearied
Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah, yeah.
But when she gets weary
Try a little tenderness, yeah, yeah
The Peace Song of the Day is a project of Duke Augustus and Duchess Susanna, The Duke and Duchess of Peace. The Duke and Duchess recognize that one of the paths to peace is to find soulful and nonviolent entertainment, and to express oneself with art and song.