This image of Kathy occurs at 21:53 in the interview with Kelly Ford posted September 24, 2019, about the documentary Country Music by Ken Burns. It is within copyright laws to quote someone and identify the source. I hope it is OK to "quote" an image from a video.
The power of song is palpable. Seeing or hearing the lyrics in a favorite song can bring back memories and evoke feelings of gratitude for the people in our lives. When I think of music with the power to evoke feelings and cultivate kindness, I think of Kathy Mattea's music. Her song selections reflect her values.
"Mercy Now" by Mary Gauthier is on her album Pretty Bird released in September of 2018. The last verse ends, "Every single one of us could use some mercy now". Amen to that. Listen at https://www.bing.com/search?q=mercy+now%2C+kathy+mattea&FORM=QISBDL&PC=QI03
With these images in mind, can you see and hear the kindness in Kathy Mattea as she sings "Mercy Now"?
When I see kindness in your eyes, I see love and openness.
When I hear kindness in your voice, I hear caring and concern.
When I See Kindness in Your Eyes c 2017 Catherine M. Vaughan
Kathy's thoughts and feelings about the power of song are beautifully expressed in her talk, How Music Saved My Life, at SERFA 2017. In the keynote address for a health sciences symposium in 2013, she describes “The Healing Power of the Arts” as the power to connect. She tells the story of her surprise when her mom started singing "Rita was 16 Years" and the joy of singing [Kathy's] Greatest Hits with her… A year later, connecting with her when she sang "You are My Sunshine". Betsie Freeman includes this quote in her 2017 World-Herald article, “Singing,” Mattea said, “is something sacred.”
Imagine singers and other artists creating events to bring attention to kindness. Imagine Kathy's event based on the theme, The Power of Song to Cultivate Kindness. I hope she would include "Love at the Five & Dime" which speaks to a mother’s worries, young love, the loss of a child, making mistakes, forgiveness (implied), and a love that lasts. It’s easy to image kind eyes, a kind voice, and a kind touch in the refrain "Dance a little closer" and how, through the years, dancing together kept Rita and Eddie together.