“The Power Of Ribbons”

“The Power Of Ribbons”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Melissa Manchester
“The Power Of Ribbons”

Written and Recorded by Melissa Manchester

The daughter of my very dear friend, Harriet Wasserman, was told she had breast cancer. Harriet’s daughter, Nancy Colton, sent out a thank you letter to all of us who supported her while she walked the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. It was accompanied by photos of Nancy, Harriet, her dad Ted and the many friends who participated that sunny day. The letter thanked all of us who supported her, not only in the marathon, but throughout her battle with the disease. Nancy became my muse, living with the disease and working tirelessly to raise a family and raise money for breast cancer research. She really was a woman of valor.

I kept the simple, yet beautiful, letter in a frame and put it on my piano and looked at it every time I walked by or sat down to play. One day, I started to see the words swirl on the page and other words come from behind the printed words on the letter. I knew a song, “Power Of Ribbons,” was lifting itself into being. That is one example of the exquisite mystery of songwriting. I wrote “Power Of Ribbons” in one sitting. I wrote the melody as a walking song since the inspiration came from Nancy’s walk for those with breast cancer and its fortunate survivors.

I sang the song for the first time in public on May 10, 2008 at the Revlon Run/Walk for Women event in Los Angeles. I perform it all the time and all of the royalties from the song are donated to breast cancer research. It’s my first download-only song. People can buy it on Amazon.com, iTunes, revlonrunwalk.com, melissamanchester.com and other sites and all of the revenue will continue to be contributed to help to find a cure.

Nancy Colton passed away in early 2009, just a week before the next Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I was scheduled to perform the song before she left us. As it turned out, the “Race” landed on the last day of her mourning period (in the Jewish religion), called “shiva.” I sang the song filled with gratitude for the light that Nancy brought to my life, knowing that my tears were filled with joy.

“The Power Of Ribbons”

May reminds me of spring

Spring reminds me of hope

Hope reminds me that I’m not alone.

We’re connected by dreams

Dreams connected to a vision

That victory is all we know.

Can you feel it now? It’s so real.

The power of ribbons to hold a million strong

The courage of women who won’t wait any longer.

This is the moment, when the dream becomes the thing

There’s power in ribbons the color of pink,

The color of pink, the color of pink, the color of pink.

I’m reclaiming my joy

Joy’s reclaiming my life

Life begins with every step I take.

Now my spirit’s flying

Love is here and I’ll surrender

And take this day to celebrate

Celebrate.

The power of ribbons to hold a million strong

The courage of women who won’t wait any longer.

This is the moment, when the dream becomes the thing

There’s power in ribbons the color of pink,

The color of pink, the color of pink.

If we keep walking on, the winds of change will rise

And we won’t stop until those blessings multiply.

The power of ribbons to hold a million strong

The courage of women who won’t wait any longer.

This is the moment, when the dream becomes the thing

There’s power in ribbons the color of pink,

The color of pink, the color of pink, the color of pink.

Words and Music by Melissa Manchester. © 2008 BUG MUSIC INC. (BMI) and MELISSA MANCHESTER MUSIC (BMI)/Administered by BUG MUSIC INC. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

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