Freedom To Be Free ~ Who Said There Could Be Music?


being free

is a not a package bought in a store

often fought for

mental, physical, political, social, spiritual, emotional . . .

wars in many forms

outworn hearts torn



if everyone wants to be free

why aren’t we?


Song Of The French Partisan  via Buffy Sainte Marie


Freedom ~~ Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton   frrom Django Unchained soundtrack


“FreeDUMB”  John Trudell



Billy Elliot film images

Lyrics: Billy Elliot the Musical “Electricity” by Elton John

Kundun  music by Philip Glass

“I will liberate those not liberated. I will release those not released. I will relieve those unrelieved. And set living beings in nirvana.”


Cry Freedom  by  Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds


Poland’s Dirge  by Chopin


Chopin left Poland around 1830, just before the uprising of the Polish people against the government… This song, which was never meant to be published, was one of the songs that he composed for friends and private occasions, or just for himself… although it was not dated, I think it was about the tragic end to that uprising, when he was afraid for his family and friends still in Poland, and for the Polish people, and their hopes for freedom… Aleksandra Kurzak sings this patriotic song with a lovely legato line and a heartbreaking and exquisite sensitivity to the text and music…
Nelson Goerner is her excellent accompanist.

The words are important – here they are in English

Tree, so free and noble, fast thy leaves are falling!
From the grave a bird with mournful note is calling:
O! Poland misfortune hate thy home o’ertaken,
thy truehearted children from death shall never waken,
Ev’ ry town and village lonely watch is keeping,
Through the fields deserted wander women weeping,
All the sturdy reapers hath the wartime needed,
And the corn, fully ripened drop the grains unheeded

Warsaw saw the banners which our youths unfolded
Free united Poland shall in glorious form be molded.
And they fought in winter, fought when suns were burning
and the autumn found us still for freedom yearning
All in vain for freedom strove our valiant brothers
None were left to comfort Poland’s mourning mothers.

Did they fall in battle? Captive were they taken?
Did they haply wander homeless and forsaken?
Heaven itself hath left us, left us here to languish:
God and man desert us in our bitter anguish

O! unhappy Poland! unhappy Poland! O! Poland, O! Poland,
Were thy sons restored to us, could the brave that perished
Help once more afford us… All dismay and terror
from our breast would vanish, war no more our dear ones
from our homes would banish.

Though by hands of traitors, Poland’s freedom perish,
Still of Poland’s heroes shall the mem’ry flourish..

For information about when Poland was partitioned and ceased to exist –>

(note: all of this may change w/o notice as I reserve the right to revise freely)

Thanks to Johnny I have learned that we have a new player! Welcome, D.S. Nelson.  I swiped Johnny’s live links for your cyber blogging ease. 🙂  Do not miss the lovely Sea song at Johnny’s blogcasa–what a voice!

D.S. Nelson





Are you slippery when wet? “It’s All About the Water” : Free concert, August 31, Hot Springs, SD.

Yes, the Clean Water Alliance, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sandtuary and local musicians have teamed up once again to get the info out about the threat of Uranium Mining coming to the Black Hill region by –of course–a Canadian company, Powertech.  Canada–what a place–it’s the home of the Tar Sands and birthplace of Idle No More.  If you know the score it’s a chance to get refreshed. If you’re out of the intel loop, it’s time to get clued in. Because you too need water to live.

From Press Release:

WE ARE THE LAND, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills” documentary video short by Christopher Crosby will be presented at IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER, a free concert on Saturday, Aug 31 2013 – Red Rock River Resort, 603 N. River Hot Springs, SD. 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
The free concert will feature local musical artists, Gardner Gray, Mike Linderman, Evan Christenson and others.
“We Are The Land, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills” was produced by Karla LaRive, Susan Watt and The Institute of Range and American Mustang in 2011 at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs South Dakota.


Concerned Citizens of the Southern Hills presents IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER concert Red Rock River Resort
Hot Springs South Dakota Saturday, August 31 2013 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Honor the Treaties — Free Art to Download, Print and Paste.

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Honor the treaties:,s3

Share the power of ART.

FYI, there are t-shirts and stickers available.

Posters You Too Can Download, Print and Paste Where You Please. Oh yeah, they’re free.

*Come on, you know you WANT to!  Go for it!

*Download, print and post these beauties everywhere!

*Pick one, pick all–cover some space any place.


Thanks to Turtle Talk’s Matthew Fletcher for the link to the page for Honor the Treaties poster download–

Small, Medium and Large sizes are available.

Link to Turtle Talk, Indigenous Law and Policy Center Blog  Michigan State University College of Law

An example of posting of Shepard Fairey’s ‘The Black HIlls ARE Not For Sale” as shared on Facebook page for “Honor the Treaties.” View more images on Facebook.

*photo credit unknown at this time–somewhere in Jasksonville, FL.

Use the power of art to educate, transform and liberate.

Download of FREE issue of Jazz Inside Magazine–yeah, really.

I think this will work. We’ll see, won’t we? It’s going to be over 100 degrees HOT in the shade here today. Time to barb-q on the car roof I think. If you’re somewhere cool, enjoy it. If you’re not, be safe.  Time to chill.

 The following is from Jazz Inside Magazine
Visit their site for more cool jazz info, subscriptions and festivals.

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July 2013July 2013

The Blues Broads – Angela Strehli, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Tracy Nelson – are featured in the July 2013 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (print and digital). This expanded 80-page issue of Jazz Inside Magazine also features comprehensive interviews with Jimmy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Phil Woods, saxophonist Brian Landrus, James Carter, Chris Potter, and more. Vocalist/percussionist Eric Frazier talks about the Fort Greene Jazz Festival in Brooklyn. This issue also includes the Jazz Birthday Gallery, an expanded CD Review section, and comprehensive calendar of hundreds of clubs, concert and event listings.

The Blues Broads – Angela Strehli, Dorothy  Morrison, Annie Sampson, Tracy Nelson – are  featured in the July 2013 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (print and digital). In  a detailed interview with Jerry Gordon (who is himself the former owner of Evidence Records, where he produced and released more than 350 blues and jazz  albums) Angela Strehli talks about both The Blues Broads, as well as her  experiences with iconic figures from B.B. King to Otis Rush, her recordings,  club business experiences and more. The Blues Broads will  be performing at The Iridium in New York, July 16-17.
This expanded 80-page issue of Jazz Inside Magazine  also features comprehensive interviews with The Heath Brothers – Jimmy Heath & Albert  “Tootie” Heath, Phil Woods by Ken Weiss, saxophonist Brian Landrus, James  Carter, Chris Potter, trumpeter and Five Towns College educator Greg Bobulinski and vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles.
In the interview with drummer “Tootie” Heath, he discusses his early experiences playing with Thelonious Monk in Philadelphia.
“What I learned about Thelonious was that you needed to have a baroness as a friend, who owned a Rolls Royce, and who would bring you to work every night. And, then, when you got there, you could sit out in the car until it was time to hit … The Baroness would drive him to Philadelphia from New York. They would sit out in front of the club smoking cigarettes, doing whatever they did until it was time to hit. Then he would come in with his hat and coat on. He never would take his hat or coat off. He just sat down started playing. Jimmy Bond and I had to figure out what it was he was playing – and Jimmy had to figure out what key he was in, and try to play along with him.” In the interview by Ken Weiss, saxophonist Phil Woods shares an array of his many experiences during his 60 year career – which includes performances and recordings with a who’s who of jazz including Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Parker, Clark Terry and Many others.
Woods confirms his aptitude to get right to the core: “One writer said, ‘Woods has two stories he always tells about Charlie Parker.’ And I said to myself – ‘I wonder if this guy had hung out with Shakespeare, wouldn’t he want to share that? Isn’t that a big deal?’ The stories demonstrate the generosity of Bird…”
Woods also reveals his confidence as well as his humility. He commented: “I wasn’t sure that I was equipped to be a good jazz artist until that session with Charlie Parker, when he leaned over and said, ‘Sounds real good, Phil.’”
Vocalist Nora McCarthy contributed a feature entitled “Remembering Joshua Wolff.” Wollf was a New York-based pianist who accompanied numerous jazz vocalists over the past decade. Eric Frazier talks about producing the fourth annual Fort Greene Jazz Festival in Brooklyn, which will be presented in two parts – the first edition on July 27 and the second part in September.
Jazz Inside’s new Jazz Birthday Gallery for July features cool photos and backgrounders on numerous artists with July birthdays. The newly expanded CD Review section features Antonio Adolfo; J.D. Allen; Andy Bey; George Benson; Terence Blanchard; The Blues Broads; Dewa Budjana; Marc Cary; Johnny Conga; The Fat Babies; Paolo Fresu; Bob James & David Sanborn; Roger Kellaway & Eddie Daniels; Frank Lacy; Brian Landrus; Joe Lovano; Rob Mazurek; Bob Mover; Odean Pope; Frank Rosaly; Akira Tana; Chucho Valdés; Ben Wendel & Dan Tepfer; Mike Wofford; The Wrong Object. As New York’s only monthly jazz and improvisational music magazine, and impressively printed in color, on premium glossy paper, each issue is jam-packed with features, signature in-depth interviews, comprehensive reviews, compelling photos and a calendar of hundreds of New York area jazz concert, club and event listings. Jazz Inside Magazine, published monthly is available in print at numerous locations throughout the New York metro area, by paid subscription, and as a digital download. DOWNLOAD your copy of Jazz Inside Magazine, July issue at: SAVE the file to your hard drive. Then double click on the file to open and read. [NOTE opening the file without first saving to your hard drive may slow down your browser or computer.] Jazz Inside Magazine is published monthly and is also available in print, and is available complimentary at scores of locations around the New York metro area, at growing numbers of locations around the USA, and by paid subscription.

“You’re Not Alone” ~ Michael Bucher’s Music Medicine for Sacred Grounds

Lovely how one thing leads to another and another and then again another–and they’re all connected back and forth along the spider’s steel webs.  Being the curious cat that I am watching one video on the Wild Horse Channel just wasn’t enough. Had to ear sniff more of them.  O those Spanish mustang are so engaging!  Well, eventually my ears caught wind of Michael Bucher’s music video on the channel.  That discovery led to more cyberswamp exploration to Bucher’s website where there’s more for your ears’ feasting. O and if you tweet there’s a free music download. Yep, there is.  So today my flow has gone from Facebook to Horses to Film to Music and it all traverses sacred ground in some form. I was going to save this post for another day until I viewed the “You’re Not Alone” video and considered some of the content. Figure it’s best to not save it for another day.  There’s music and videos on Bucher’s website and links to “You Are Not Alone” for suicide prevention connections. Everything needed for connecting is provided .

Bucher’s connections include history, sacred sites, Indian graves, suicide, healing  and –got the drift?  Pay it forward.

You Are Not Alone,  Native American Youth suicide prevention site

“Don’t Forget About Me”




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