A year has passed since the Route 91 Concert Massacre in Las Vegas. The families of people killed are still traumatized. People injured in the massacre are still trying to recover, both physically and mentally. There is a lawsuit against MGM Resorts from whose Mandalay Bay Resort the mass shooter, perched himself on the 32nd floor and brought in dozens of guns to a suite he rented for the weekend. MGM has countered the lawsuit by throwing up a federal law exempting businesses from lawsuits after terrorist attacks.
Las Vegas itself has made changes to beef up security in general. There are some barricades on the Las Vegas Strip and in public venues. Some hotels have panic buttons allowing hotel personnel to alert security. Many hotels now reserve the right to enter rooms at any time at their discretion.
A new song has been released to mark the occasion. The Loveforce Collective has released a song called Country Strong (not the same song as the movie which launched Blake Shelton’s career). The song talks about Country music fans being survivors of disasters and various other terrible things. There’s a line that says “We are survivors, lots of obstacles we got past, got the scars to prove it but we are built to last.” Another couple of lines in the song say “Survived natural disasters, love’s never after, we right things when they are wrong, Sometimes you may beat us but you’ll never defeat us, we stand together country strong.”
Songwriter Mark Wilkins says that the lyric “Love’s Never After” in the song refer to the Route 91 Massacre and were inspired by a woman whose fiancé was killed in the massacre. “Hearing about that woman on the radio, touched my heart and reminded me of what a tragedy one life lost is for all of the people that that life touched and the Route 91 Massacre had 58 lives lost.” Said Wilkins “The song is also an attempt to heal our divided nation by looking at what unifies us instead of what divides us.” He continued.
One year later, the pain of this tragedy has been numbed just slightly by time. While some are still recovering from their wounds, others are still trying to figure out why it happened. Still others, like the Loveforce Collective are trying to glean inspiration through the power of survivorship and looking at what unites us as Americans instead of what divides us. In this way, the song transcends this grim anniversary and I for one, hope it helps unify this nation, even if it’s just for a little bit.
You can hear the song and view the lyrics by following the link below:
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