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Songs to Invoke Perseverance

Episode 2
Songs to Invoke Perseverance

Experience the Journey

In Latin, the word "per" means "through", and the word "severus" means "grave" and "serious". These words were fused into the Latin verb "perseverare", which means to persevere. Naturally, this is where we derive the English term.

Such terminology has persevered through centuries, though its use has rapidly declined in about the last hundred and fifty years. Through grave and serious times, a word itself can last and maintain, much as we can, through our own grave and serious times.

If a word can endure the notable horrors of history, to come down to us relatively whole, needing only a slight dusting to be presentable, then, really, what are our issues in comparison? In contrast, words don't need coping mechanisms. They don't need hope. Nor do they feel pain, or wallow in misery, or rise through the chest with thumping joy at the sight of something gallant. But, we do. We persevere, because we must. So, what are the alternatives?

To not persevere is to stall, to stop, to halt, to end. In order to move forward in life, to grow and become something more than what you are now, you must persevere. You must glide through the changes, roll with the punches, and other assorted clichés. 

Guest Performers

  • Medical Dr. Hassan Tetteh

    Physician and Board-Certified Surgeon

    Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a board-certified surgeon specializing in thoracic surgery, critical care, heart and lung transplantation, research and education.


  • Music Melba Moore

    Tony Award Winner and 4-Time Grammy Award Nominee

    American R&B singer and actress Melba Moore is a 4-time Grammy Award nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.


Preview Performers

  • Music Bonné Dunning Williams

    Member, Ladies of SKYY

    Ladies of SKYY (Denise, Dolores, and Bonné Dunning) are best known as the female vocalists of the hit group known as Skyy. Their biggest chart position was achieved in 1982, when their album "Skyy Line" was certified gold and reached #1 album status.


  • Music Trisco Pearson

    Member, Force M.D.'s

    Force M.D.'s is an American R&B vocal group that was formed in 1981 in Staten Island, New York. Later, Trisco Pearson joined the group.


Historical Performers

  • Academia Dr. Cornel West

    American Philosopher, Academic, Social Activist, Author, and Public Intellectual

    Dr. Cornel West is an American philosopher, academic, social activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America.


  • Politics Ronald Reagan

    40th President of the United States

    Ronald Reagan was an American politician and actor who was the 40th President of the United States, from 1981 to 1989. Before his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California, from 1967 to 1975, after a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader.




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