Conquer Hate with Love

by Martin Rivas

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Like many of you, my heart is sickened by recent tragic events taking place with more and more frequency on a global scale, perpetrated by hearts poisoned with hatred and intolerance. My heart is equally sickened by the resultant prejudice and intolerance being spewed from so many sources. Mass media. Politicians. Social media.

We are so much better than this. We are one.

I wrote and recorded this song that poured from me within hours of the attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015.

Addressing this polarizing topic in my music may be the sort of venture that costs me "fans," but I can do nothing but speak my heart within a sonic context. If you find yourself offended, so be it.

This recording is dedicated to victims of terrorism and injustice and prejudice everywhere. For they are truly everywhere.

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your ignorant factions don't speak for me
your knee-jerk reactions don't speak for me
my anger is real, but I'll rise above
conquer hate with love

who abandons their own, who turns their back
when they're running for their lives from the very same attack
my fear is very real, but I'll rise above
conquer hate with love

do you agree with what's convenient to keep you alive?
do you barricade your heart simply to survive?
greater is the one who is willing to live by another's happiness
to sacrifice what bit they may have to give

here's to you who teach your babies what it means to be
on the side of hope
on the side of empathy
send them forward with a gentle shove
to conquer hate with love.


released November 19, 2015
All noises by Martin Rivas. Copyright 2015.



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Martin Rivas New York, New York

Martin Rivas is bringing joy back to music. Blending disparate elements such as ’60s soul with a distinctly modern alt. folk edge to create a sound that is both instantly inviting and exceptionally deep, his songs practically smile at you from the speakers. ... more

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