10/27/2011 01:03 EDT | Updated 12/27/2011 05:12 EST

Children's singer Raffi turns Jack Layton's letter to Canadians into a song

TORONTO - Children's singer Raffi has turned passages from Jack Layton's final letter to Canadians into a song.

Raffi says the letter's positivity strongly resonated with him and he wanted to capture the message in a tune entitled "Letter To A Nation."

For the chorus he chose the last section of Layton's letter, which reads: "My friends, love is better than anger/Hope is better than fear/Optimism is better than despair/So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic/And we'll change the world."

The song received the blessing of Layton's wife Olivia Chow, who was touched by the song and hopes children will be inspired by it.

It's available as a free download at the website of the Centre for Child Honouring.

Raffi has also written songs inspired by Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall and the Dalai Lama.


Download "Letter To A Nation" http://bit.ly/twvJeC