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Protest Music

Here's a link to the Protest Music Group at DailyKos.com.

Protest Music

This group is open to participation. Click on over to join the conversation or to post your own articles about Protest Music. If you've written and protest songs let me know.

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Hairy Larry
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com

 
Protest Music

Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.

This is an open group. Please join and post your diaries. If you want to help manage the group message me and I'll make you a BlogEditor.

Of course Protest Music is on topic. But it doesn't have to be both. Protest or Music. Protest is on topic. Music is on topic.

 So, Um, TiaRachel Still Needs Our Help
 

Did you know...

...that TiaRachel's first diary EVER on Daily Kos was a Daily Show/Colbert Report chat thread? I know, crazy, right? All the way back on July 3, 2006!

Here is an excerpt:

sob Tonight and tomorrow, Comedy Central (in its infinite wisdom) is giving us a Chappelle's Show marathon. Which is fine, in and of itself, but it's not Jon and Stephen.
And yet, I post. I volunteered to take over this spoiler thread from the hard-working Skubwa (Mondays and Tuesdays; dklancer  will be covering Wednesday & Thursday) for the summer. And since this is my first diary, I thought I'd make my mistakes with a teeny-tiny audience (if that).
http://www.dailykos.com/...

LoL

Following that auspicious diary, TiaRachel posted more than a thousand TDS/TCR chat threads! She was already two years into her seven year run when I joined Daily Kos. I have since enjoyed hundreds of nights of Jon and Stephen under her care. Her posts were, hands down, the best (if not the only) place to share the humor and insightful political commentary on Comedy Central as it was being aired. I remember frequently commenting, simply, "LoL", in response to some joke that Jon had just delivered, and it would get, like, 57 recs! :) It felt like home.

 The Justice Dept on Netroots Radio Presents: "The Night Will Steal From Us"
 

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 17 November 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "The Night Will Steal From Us" ~~

1 - Animal Collective -- "Leaf House"
2 - Wye Oak -- "Holy Holy"
3 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
4 - The Rosebuds -- "Woods"
5 - Starflyer 59 -- "Red Tide"
6 - Woods -- "Rain On"
7 - Alcoholic Faith Mission -- "Escapism"

Station Break

8 -  Indian Handcrafts -- "Red Action"
9 - Odds -- "Breakthrough"
10 - The Napolean Collective -- "Purple Mountains"
11 - Blue Rodeo -- "Fools Like You"
12 - Nick Sherman --"Winterdark"
13 - Kate Rogers Band -- "Up Country"
14 - Hannah Georgas -- "Ode To Mom"
15 - Oh Susanna -- "Pueblo"

Station Break

16 - Richie Havens -- "There Is A Hole In the Future"
17 - Grateful Dead -- "Sugar Magnola"
18 - Van Morrison -- "Tupelo Honey"
19 - Jethro Tull -- "Cross Eyed Mary"
20 - Buffalo Springfield -- "I Am A Child"
21 - The Beach Boys -- "Please Let Me Wonder"
22 - The Clash -- "Charlie Don't Surf"
23 - Midnight Oil -- "Beds Are Burning"

Station Break

24 - Buffy Sainte Maire -- "My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying"
25 - Cisco Houston -- "Deportee"
26 - Yatu -- "La Luna"
27 - Ojos de Brujo -- "Tiempo de Solea"
28 - Rodrigo y Gabriela -- "Orion"
29 - Iron and Wine -- "Resurrection Fern"

Station Break

30 - Robbie Robertson -- "The Sound is Fading"
31 - Tosca -- "Rosa"
32 - Kroke -- "The Sounds of a Vanishing World"
33 - Loop Guru -- "5 AM Sunrise"
34 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Lost in the Stars"
35 - Vangelis -- "Sirens Whispering"

Station Break

36 - Sacred Earth -- "Divine Mother"
37 - Ah Nee Mah -- "Firefall"
38 - Tinariwen -- "Ere Tasfata Adounia"
39 - Colour Haze -- "Aquamaria"

Who luvs ya, baby?

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 The Duck Dynasty Musical
 

Last week's story about the planned Broadway-style musical about the Robertson clan was impossible for me to resist - so here's a possible opening number!

 Joe Strummer: 'Black 47 is the only band that matters'
 

That's what The Clash's main man said in the 1990s, according to a wonderful valedictory story about the unique Irish-American band Black 47 in the New York Times on Friday.

Why would Joe Strummer say that about a relatively obscure regional band? Perhaps because of songs like this, about socialist labor leader and Easter Rising martyr James Connolly:

The chorus is:

My name is James Connolly
I didn't come here to die
but to fight for the rights of the working man
small farmers too
to protect the proletariat
from the bosses and their screws
so hold on to your rifles, boys
don't give up your dream
of a republic for the working class
economic liberty
The occasion of the NYT story was Black 47's retirement. Band leader Larry Kirwan is 66 (though he doesn't look it) and other band members are somewhat likewise.

Even regional touring has, no douht, become old for them.

More, below.  

 Sunday Morning Music
 

Tim Fite - Place Your Bets

Place Your Bets by Tim Fite on Grooveshark

 Jazz: Stevie Wonder
 

In seeking inspiration and solace after Tuesday elections, I found myself seeking refuge with an old friend. Perhaps to some he is a relic of another time, but for a while he was probably the favorite pop star to many a Jazz musician.

Stevland Morris, aka Stevie Wonder. Born May 13th, 1950.

I think it’s fitting to bring Stevie Wonder into my general weekly blogging about jazz.  Stevie is probably one of the few handful of artists who have truly shaped popular music in the 20th and 21st century. He also is an artist who clearly drew on Jazz influences and helped disseminate them into the greater popular culture framework. And when I was 16 in the early 1980s and went to Jazz summer clinics at places like Manhattan School of Music, more than a few Jazz musicians implied that they wanted “to be Stevie Wonder when (they) grew up.” One actually said that phrase.

But FIRST….a message from Stevie Wonder to Congress….

 "The Old Lie: Dulce Et Decorum Est, Pro Patria Mori" - Poets and War Propaganda
 
On September 1, 1939 the armed forces of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany invaded Poland with overwhelming force, lightning speed, and unprecedented ferocity.  World War II had begun and the term "Blitzkreig" would enter our vocabulary along with all the negative connotations it implied.  More than two decades earlier by August 1914, the idea of total war between great industrialized nations had already arrived with a vengeance. After one thousand, five hundred and fifty one days of intense fighting and almost nine million dead, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918, the guns of war would finally fall silent.  World War I had come to an end but not before an entire generation of European men had been lost.  It was a brutal and destructive war - one whose global reverberations are felt even to this day.

This diary is not a comprehensive history of World War I.  It only explores some of the themes from that senseless war and the response of a few poets directly affected by it.  I first posted a version of this diary on Remembrance Day in 2012.  Every year I try to improve upon the diary.




Dulce Et Decorum Est
by Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Death doesn't always have the last word.  What eludes the living - be it fame, fortune, or some other form of notoriety - is often only apparent after they have departed this good earth.

Wilfred Owen eventually came to be revered as one of the great British poets of World War I. In what is probably his most famous poem, he describes the futility of war and appalling conditions he experienced while surviving chemical gas attacks in trenches as a soldier during that most brutal of conflicts.  The poem's title was inspired by a line in one of the Odes of the ancient Roman poet, Horace. The Latin phrase Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori means "how sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country."  Even a cursory reading of the poem makes it obvious that an indignant Owen strongly disagrees with Horace and vigorously challenges that misguided notion of personal and imperial glory that Horace later came to be associated with.  

Owen had defiantly mocked the idea that there was honor in dying for one's own country. Ironically, that is exactly what he ended up doing.  After a stay at Craiglockhart War Hospital in late 1917, Owen returned to France to rejoin his military unit.  One week before the war would end, he was caught in a German machine gun attack and killed in action on November 4, 1918. On the day the war ended on November 11, 1918, the sound of church bells in Shrewsbury, England signaled the coming of the long-awaited peace.  At the home of his parents, the doorbell rang and a telegram informed them that Owen had been killed the week before.

Only 25 years old at the time of his death, Owen had planned to publish a collection of war poems in 1919.  In the book's preface, he had written

This book is not about heroes.  English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them.  Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except war.  Above all I am not concerned with Poetry.  

My subject is War, and the pity of War.  The Poetry is in the pity. Yet these elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next.  All a poet can do today is warn. That is why true Poets must be truthful.


The haunting music in the above video is composer Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings."  It was first performed in 1938 by the NBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Arturo Toscanini in front of an invited radio studio audience in New York City.  One of President John F. Kennedy's favorite pieces of music, it was played on television upon the announcement of his death on November 22, 1963.  You can read a draft of the poem that Owen wrote while recuperating from shell shock at Craiglockhart War Hospital, near Edinburgh, Scotland in 1917.

 The OPOL Report: I smoke 2 joints in the morning
 

I smoke 2 joints in the morning, I smoke 2 joints at night, I smoke 2 joints in the afternoon, cause de law say it's alright.


 All About The Base (Midterms Song)
 

Maybe running AWAY from the Democratic Party, President Obama, and liberal causes wasn't the most effective strategy . . . .

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