True Champions: Walking with You (c) 2007 Chris Falson
I wrote and produced this song for the Avon Foundation to help promote the Breast Cancer Walk campaign. To see a higher resolution video, Or to find out more about the Walk for Breast Cancer campaign, visit the Avon Foundation website.Writing the lyrics posed a great challenge to me because I didn’t have any close ties to breast cancer survivors. So I endured a crash course in breast cancer survival, Listening to stories, Reading testimonies, And watching the video over and over (sans music).With the help of Elisa Sauleda and Barbara Rider, the producers of the video/DVD, My mind gradually opened to a world of true champions. And when I say champion, I mean people who deserve to wear that mantle on a day to day basis.Apple Dictionary:championnoun1 a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, esp. in sports : [as adj. ] a champion hurdler.2 a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else : a champion of women’s rights.3 historical a knight who fought in single combat on behalf of the monarch.4 Breast Cancer Survivor!…..Unfortunately, in our culture the word champion is given out all too easily, along with prizes and awards to people who don’t need them. And in a day when many past champions are coming out of the medicine cabinet or the steroidal closet the word is fast losing it’s intended meaning.But to survive a death sentence, Even for a day, Well You deserve to be called champion. And you champions continue to inspire to me.We (Hank Linderman) and I had to produce this song in a matter of days. And it was hard going. The process of matching music to video requires that the video play along (perhaps on a separate screen) as you ‘make music’. But we, The musicians, engineer and singers Susie Stevens (lead) and Sam Sparro (BV) Could not concentrate on our parts while the video was playing.These scenes were too emotional, Too powerful, And to some, Too close to home. Which made it especially difficult to sing. So in the end we turned the video off.Even today before I began to write the piece, I first watched the movie…. And as per usual….. I welled up.If you can watch this movie without shedding tear…. You are a champion….Of sorts!