今朝、ピースフル トゥモローズのアンドレア ルブランさんより、以下のメールが届きました。
"Steps to Peace" music link（英語）
Dear Friends in Japan,
I am writing with very sad news. Some of you know Derrill Bodley who was
with us for part of Stonewalk Japan this past July. He is the composer of
the beautiful song "Steps to Peace" which we often played in Japanese and
English during Stonewalk and which the women of Never Again sang at the
closing ceremony in Hiroshima. Derrill was killed yesterday in California in
a motorcycle accident. The news came to us this morning. All of the members
of Peaceful Tomorrows and all those who knew and loved him are numb with
grief. We feel we have lost another member of our family. Our love for
Derrill and our admiration for all he has done is enormous. We know the
world has lost a sane and dedicated peace-seeker. I know that you will be
saddened by this news as well.
Derrill immediately turned his great grief over the loss of Deora, his 20
yr. old daughter on Sept. 11, 2001, into positive action by going to
Afghanistan in Jan. 2002 to meet with other parents who had also lost
children to terrorism. He wrote music to the poem his daughter wrote and
shared it with the world.
I will copy below the letter from Peaceful Tomorrows. Please, go to the
website and read Derrill's story and hear the
music which became part of Stonewalk Japan. I invite you to share your
thoughts with us.
I know this news comes as a great shock to all of you. I hope you will tell
others whom I have not managed to find email addresses for and include in
I ask that you find some way in which to remember and honor this beautiful
man. He visited Japan in the name of peace many times and he was so pleased
that his gift of music found its way into the hearts of the Japanese people
who live their lives in peace and who work for a future of peace for
everyone... as he did.
September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Remembering Derrill Bodley, 1945-2005
Dear Peaceful Tomorrows members,
We are still in shock as we report the sad news that Derrill Bodley, a
founding member of Peaceful Tomorrows, was killed in a motorcycle accident
yesterday on his 60th birthday. We remember Derrill's boundless energy,
his impish humor and charm, and his magnificent music.
On September 11th, he lost his daughter, Deora, on Flight 93. Within days of
that loss, Derrill--a professor of music and educational technology at
Sacramento City College, University of the Pacific--was telling the world
that we had to find a way to live together in peace.
To say that he was a tireless advocate for his daughter's memory and for the
cause of peace is an understatement. Derrill joined a Global Exchange
delegation to Afghanistan in January of 2002, meeting families of those
killed as a result of the US bombing campaign. He fondly recalled jamming
with Afghan musicians, and was surrounded by laughing kids as he taught them
"This Old Man" on a portable keyboard. He retraced his Afghanistan route in
January of 2004, visiting those he had met two years earlier and reporting
that little progress had been made in reconstructing their homes and their
Derrill marched with us many times in many climates. He played his original
song, "Each to Give," in Washington, DC, at the first major rally attended
by the newly-formed Peaceful Tomorrows on April 20, 2002. He braved the
freezing cold of New York City on February 15, 2003, where he represented
Peaceful Tomorrows as the opening speaker at the massive rally against the
impending Iraq war. In recent days, Derrill expressed his desire to speak at
the UFPJ rally in Washington if the opportunity arose, and asked if there
would be room at the Peaceful Tomorrows table for him to set up and play his
keyboard--which, he remarked, was from Pakistan.
Derrill's energy knew no bounds. When Peaceful Tomorrows allied itself with
the American Friends Service Committee's "Eyes Wide Open" exhibit of
military boots, organizing a display of thousands of civilian shoes
representing Iraqi casualties, he offered the services of "Big Bertha," his
well-used bread truck, to transport the shoes, and helped to mount the
exhibit in San Francisco and Sacramento, California. The display would not
have been possible without him. Derrill also spoke in Japan on many
occasions, most recently participating in the "Stonewalk" from Nagasaki to
Hiroshima to honor "the unknown civilians killed in war" this past summer.
He also helped to pull the memorial stone from Boston to New York in the
summer of 2004.
Most of all, we will remember Derrill's music. Shortly after his daughter's
death, he wrote "Steps to Peace," which he said came to him as a message
from her that everything would be all right. He handed a copy of the song to
President Bush at a White House reception for families of those killed on
Flight 93, and commandeered a piano to play the song live for others
standing in line. It was "Steps to Peace" which accompanied our first
Peaceful Tomorrows video of the same name, and it is "Steps to Peace" which
is featured on our newest DVD, "Beyond Retribution." On 9/11/05, Derrill
appeared in a Flight 93 documentary on the Discovery Channel, and played the
song for the cameras.
Although it was a tragedy that brought us together, we're grateful for the
time we got to spend with Derrill, We will honor him, as he honored Deora,
by working to create a better world, and we will hold him forever in our
--The Staff and Steering Committee of Peaceful Tomorrows
We are creating an area on our website where your thoughts about Derrill can
be posted. If you have anything you would like to share-- a memory or
photo-- please send to Nabil Ashour, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mailing address for Derrill's wife:
3733 Fourteen Mile Dr.
Stockton, CA 95219
Mailing address for Derrill's stepdaughter, who was part of the Afghanistan
delegation in January of 2002 and was also a founding member of PT:
4307 Tuckerman Street
University Park, MD 20782
"Steps to Peace" music link
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