Jennifer Lopez Dazzles with Two Performances at Global Citizen’s VAX Live Concert
Laura Lee - July 12, 2021

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Jennifer Lopez brought down the house at Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World. For the big show, the 51-year-old singer took the stage twice at the philanthropic concert event, opening the concert with a special rendition of Neil Diamond’s iconic song, “Sweet Caroline.” The concert special was taped last week at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, last weekend. Dressed in a glistening silver ensemble, Lopez began her performance by noting the emotions she felt of not getting to spend time with her mother amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which is what prompted her to choose to sing the ’70s classic.

 

“When I was thinking about what song to sing tonight, I remembered the song she used to sing to me when I was baby,” Lopez shared, before she asked those in attendance to “indulge” her and sing along to the track. Midway through, Lopez brought her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez, on stage to finish out the classic song which she tweaked the lyrics to “Sweet Jennifer.” When it came to the special moment between Lopez and her mom, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans previously told PEOPLE it “was entirely Jennifer’s idea,” adding, “I think the great thing about J. Lo is her creative vision is so precise.”

 

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Of the sweet mother-daughter moment, Evans also said, “I was sitting on the production desk watching when she brought on her mum and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s it.’ I just felt the goosebumps all over. There was something incredibly powerful about that moment of connection after the year that whole world is endured.”Later in the show, Lopez hit the stage once more and wowed with a follow-up performance of her 2016 single, “Ain’t Your Mama.”

 

Dressed in a mixed-colored outfit that was accessorized by a pair of black boots, the mother of two was supported by an array of backup dancers all dressed in various colorful ensembles. Earlier in her set, Lopez celebrated being “all here in the same room” to those “beautiful” individuals gathered to take in the show, adding, “We’ve been away from our loved ones for too long, but we’re back. But while it’s getting better for us, there are people all over the world, especially in Africa, India and in the Latin world who still need our help and our vaccines,” the actress continued. “That’s why we’re here tonight.”

 

When Global Citizen reached out to Lopez to headline, “she was incredibly generous and just said straight away she’d love to, and the momentum built from there,” Evans previously told PEOPLE. VAX Live, hosted by Selena Gomez, also featured appearances from Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn and Sean Penn. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also served as campaign chairs of the concert, which aimed “to inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere” according to a statement by Global Citizen.