MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Betram Williams, CEO of Deep Water Media, feels music can provide healing.
“We know that we make good stuff,” Williams said. “Stuff that everybody will listen to and tap their feet to.”
Williams' company, along with Memphis River Parks, hopes to provide healing with the Peace Project.
“We’ve been working on it for like eight or nine months now,” Director of Brand Experience Ruby Zielinski said. “So it just feels like a breath of fresh air to be able to actually share it.”
The goal is to spread the message of peace through different soundscapes throughout Fourth Bluff Park.
“We are making some real feel-good music,” co-producer Talibah Safiya said. “There’s some instruments that you’ll be able to enjoy. We’ve got some poetry, some storytelling, some singing.”
Williams says this project is special given the history of the park. It used to be home to Confederate statues.
“We know that music is a universal language and it crosses color barriers, age barriers and so that underpins what we hope will be like a bonding tool through this offering,” he said.
Those involved in the project say this is perfect timing in a year filled with a pandemic and social tension.
“For us to be able to use our voices and help people find some semblance of sanity feels really good,” Williams said.
Zielinski says it’s also a place to enjoy yourself safely.
“It’s an experience that you can still experience in a pandemic,” Zielinski said. “So I think the coolest thing is that people can still be creative and experience this alone on their own time.”
If you’re ever around North Front Street, don’t be shocked if you hear soothing sounds of music, birds chirping, and spoken word.
Safiya co-produced some of what you’ll hear. She hopes it creates a space for peace for everyone.
“Create new conversations about people coming together in Memphis in spaces that feel more safe, encouraging and spaces that feel like we have you in mind,” Safiya said. “Whoever you may be.”