“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” – an enduring message for 2021
January 1st, 2021

In 2016, Pride Men’s Chorus London came together on stage for the first time ever to show love and support for the community after the horrific events in Pulse in Orlando.

The first song we performed during that vigil was the 1969 hit from The Hollies: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”.

This year, some of our choir members decided to take on a different challenge and perform the same song from our first concert – this time with a camera, a microphone and completely alone on stage.

In a year that has taken so much, we wanted to give back to our community in London and around the world by echoing the feeling of this song and say that no matter what you are going through, we are here for you. Although the song was written with gender-specific lyrics, our intention by singing this goes beyond gender, orientations, sex or anything that might seem to separate us: these 18 voices come together today to show we are strong and more together than ever.

Let’s begin a New Year with the intention of practicing true love for one another, like this beautiful song says.

Happy New Year 2021!

***Words by: Bob Russell
Music by: Bobby Scott
Copyright 1969 Harrison Music Company

Arranged by Bobby Buchanan for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
Used by permission of the arranger

Choir members:
Emerson Ross
Florencio Viray
Jesse Dayrit
Sheldon Bumstead
Elliott Cooper
Javier Rodriguez
Andrew Kaszowski
Rod Culham
Matt Fluter
Paul Cooper
Bill Moote
Edward Ede
Jordan Smith
Doug Cottrell
David Hiebert
Jim Lawton
Allan Dewhirst
Daniel Blaxall

Band members:
John Wiebe – Guitar
Ross Castioni – Bass
Don Dupuis – Drums
Bryan Gloyd – Keyboard
Clark Bryan – Piano

Production staff:
Clark Bryan – Artistic Director and Producer
Christoph Babin – Audio Recording Engineer
David Girt – Lighting Design
Cindy Thomas – Production Assistant
Rod Culham – Conductor

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