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The Journal Forward - 2021 Year-End Campaign | 3:44

“Hard Times” – by Bart Shatto

January 3, 2022


Who We Are

We’re saying goodbye to 2021 and welcoming 2022.

In honor of endings and new beginnings, we present this special song by Bart Shatto, featuring Rosa Martínez, Pauline Parkhurst, Nicholas J. Reese, and Justin Robertazzi.

It channels so many emotions we’ve all been through while facing this year’s biggest challenges. From a constantly menacing pandemic, to deadly wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and more, at Tzu Chi USA, we have prayed ardently for an end to disasters of all kinds.

At the same time, we have soaked in this year’s wonderful moments; those that reminded us of the joy of connection and of the goodness of humanity. It’s this duality that is perfectly encapsulated in the lyrics of this song:

Let us pause in life’s pleasures /
and count its many tears /
while we all sup sorrow with the poor /
There’s a song that will linger /
forever in our ears /
Oh, hard times, come again no more

Empower Tzu Chi USA with the ability to bring relief in hard times and support our 2021 Year-End Campaign, the Journey Forward:


Director & Editor: Jonathan van Lamsweerde
Cinematographer: Garson Ormiston
Producer: Jaime Puerta
Colorist: Ismael Gomez
Sound Mixing: Mike LaFerla

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