DIFFERENT SHIPS, SAME BOAT - Songs for the Soul of America
FEBRUARY 2024 RELEASE | Signed by Author | 210 pages, 5.5"x11" | Accepting pre-orders now!
The Different Ships, Same Boat book collection by Terah Cox contains 75 song lyrics with commentaries organized into three chapters: Hurt, Hope and Healing. Reflecting the tributaries of Terah's work as an author, poet and lyric writer, the collection calls out the personal and societal hurts that have long been shredding America’s collective soul—while also inviting us, each in our own way, to help cultivate more humaneness in our humanity. How do we transcend the comfort and seeming safety of our tribal loyalties to also embrace the value of the different “other?” How do we move from economic self-interest into collective thriving? How do we turn empathy into corrective action, and past and present hurt into hope and healing? If we can’t speak truth to power because truth has lost its power, what else is there? Is there one unitive thing that would make everything better—whatever our persuasions and affiliations?
Inspired by the events of our time and the works of visionaries such as Valarie Kaur, Parker J. Palmer, Van Jones, Amanda Gorman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others, these and more are the questions that Different Ships explores and seeks to answer.
Retired U.S. Navy Commander and Senior Executive
Emmy Award winning writer and composer
musical theater lyricist, composer and librettist
and Certified Spiritual Director
"Different Ships, Same Boat is a raw and insightful look into how we perpetuate harm among ourselves through apathy, exclusivity, power and powerlessness, greed, and so much more—and also how goodness, caring and compassion save us from ourselves again and again. Having known Terah for years, I know how much the subjects woven through the lyrics have been close to her heart. Capturing the full emotional range humans are capable of, the stories throughout invite us to deepen our awareness and open ourselves to a more inclusive caring for both self and other—even when the other is seemingly a stranger and very different from us. This work was so obviously conceived in love, and love is ultimately what it offers."