Singer and songwriter
Tõnis Mägi speaks about Singing Revolution, sharing how the power of song and culture helped Estonia to regain independence in 1991. He is truly one of them who knows it – one of the most beloved Estonian musicians and composers – being also one of the key figures in grassroots movement called Singing Revolution that united hundreds of thousands of people and was a non-violent way to one nation’s freedom and self-determination. In addition to sharing his memories, Tõnis sings one of his powerful songs.
“Music that we hear, is a flickering in the air that we sense. We sense music not only with our visible ears, but also with our inner ear. It’s like a third eye… I don’t know where the so-called inner ear is located, inside or outside of us, but it helps us sense and surmise something bigger,” shares the man whose songs and music can with an invisible power touch people’s hearts and souls.
“I am not a politician. I am a human being, an Estonian, a countryman. These are things we should not forget. This land is given to us, and given not to hurt her. She is given to us to be managed. We do not own her. It has been this way from time immemorial. She is not given to us to ravage nature, to build cutting railway lines through her moors and people’s homes…” Being a father, Tõnis has also thought what kind of land shall we leave our offsprings – it should be a liveable Estonia.
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