This was originally published in the Canadian edition of HuffPost (formerly known as The Huffington Post) on June 11, 2013, while I lived in Germany. I’ve never forgotten the experience that moved me to write it. I was glad to see it moved others, too. In the era of the “Me Too” movement, this piece is as important today as it was when it was first published.
This week, I had a drink with a very good friend. After a little conversation about this and that, we started on a very interesting subject. It was regarding an upcoming event and I could see it was weighing heavily on his mind. I listened to him because that’s exactly what he needed.
Extra: On the surface, “How Come, How Long”, performed by Babyface, featuring Stevie Wonder, is a beautiful song. But it’s really more than that. The words skillfully tell of the sadness and pain of domestic violence. Below is the video. Listen to the content and emotion of the song and you’ll understand.
How Come, How Long
Performed by Babyface, featuring Stevie Wonder
Composed by Stevie Wonder & Babyface
Produced & Arranged by Babyface
© Copyright 1996
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