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Today I wanted to share one of my favorite songs with you, a song that gets me every time. “Rise Up” by Andra Day is one of those songs that perfectly mesh powerful words and voice. This version includes a few introductory seconds of what it means to Ms. Day to be in community, supporting one another through the good times and the bad times, offering up your voice and your presence to shed a little love in someone’s life.

She apparently wrote the song when a friend was diagnosed with cancer, and says that most of the words just came out of her during a freestyle recording, according to a brief interview in Time Magazine.

But it’s such a powerful message that it has become an anthem for speaking your truth and standing up in support of fellow humans.

I don’t often share videos, so when I do, it has to be for something that feels totally worthwhile.

The first time I heard Andra Day and her gorgeous floating, molasses voice, I became a fan for life. I immediately bought her album. This is the song that I blast in my car when I need a little extra strength or a reminder to follow my heart and my inner voice, but everything she sings tells a story that matters.

I hope you enjoy it.


This month, I am writing 26 posts starting with the letters A through Z, along with hundreds of other businesses and bloggers from around the world. I first ran into the A to Z Challenge many, many moons ago (circa 2011), when I was brand new to the online writing world. It was a great way to jumpstart my creative juices, and I had so much fun “meeting” men and women sharing what they love to do.

So when I opened Of Love + Light, I knew the A to Z Challenge would be the perfect complement to Daily Dose: Inspired. Enjoy!


Of Love + Light is a place for uplifting media, creative inspiration, art, nifty creative publications, and storytelling. I also offer editing, creativity coaching, and small business communications planning services. Founded by Alana Garrigues, Of Love + Light is your place to come, relax, feel inspired and loved, and share more of what’s good on this beautiful planet.

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“Rise Up with Andra Day” is part of the Daily Dose: Inspired series. Looking for a small something to get you inspired to take on the day? This is the place to come for a photo, a song, a pick-me-up quote, a little slice of happy. At least, these are the things that inspire me!