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

freedom

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

open

freedom

if everyone wants to be free

why aren’t we?

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Song Of The French Partisan  via Buffy Sainte Marie

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

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“FreeDUMB”  John Trudell

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Electricity

Billy Elliot film images

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

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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.”

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Cry Freedom  by  Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

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Poland’s Dirge  by Chopin

myyellowlabfan

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 –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland

(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

Bear

Willow http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/musical-theme-freedom/

Deborah

Johnny    http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/freedom-music-theme-for-november-17/

Political? Active? Musical? Thematic? –Oooo Johnny what have you done?

Well, yeah, I got a little carried away with Johnny’s theme, Political/Activist–Musical Selections. I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface here. There are so many ways to go with this theme.  Hmm.  Oh well, it is what it is.  Namaste.

Tibet:

“Tibetans  challenge XI Jinping – Gangnam Style.

Upload by   SFTHQ   http://www.youtube.com/user/SFTHQ?feature=watch

Published on Nov 7, 2012

On the eve of the CCP’s 18th Party Congress, Students for a Free Tibet and the International Tibet Network release a parody video titled “Tibetans challenge Xi Jinping – Gangnam Style.” A takeoff of Korean star Psy’s uber-popular Gangnam Style, the video features China’s heir apparent as a dimwit — a big-headed oaf whose only response to Tibetans’ growing resistance is to arrest, beat and torture protestors. But Xi — like the four generations of undemocratic CCP heads before him — cannot stop Tibetans who are moving beyond fear and challenging the very foundations of Chinese rule in Tibet. Ultimately, the joke is on Xi Jinping, the soon to be leader of the unfree world and a remnant of authoritarian rulers of the past. Xi: Resolve the Tibet crisis now or Tibet will soon become your biggest headache.

Join Tibet’s Xi Challenge:
http://www.xijinping-tibetchallenge.org/

About the making of this video: Using the power of humor and theater, this video highlights the cruelty and absurdity of the Chinese government’s colonial policies in Tibet that have driven 63 Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule; 50 this year alone. It also depicts some of the creative protest tactics being used by Tibetans to challenge China’s occupation, including a 2011 boycott of Chinese vegetable vendors. This video will be banned in China and Tibet but Beijing’s censors cannot stop the truth from spreading: Xi Jinping, China’s 5th generation leader will be the last to rule Tibet. Above all, this video is a call to action to the world, urging individuals and governments to help the Tibetan people in their nonviolent struggle for freedom.

For more information on the current crisis:https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org…

International Tibet Network
http://www.Tibetnetwork.org

Students for a Free Tibet
http://www.Studentsforafreetibet.org

Background music by: PSY, “Gangnam Style”

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Madison, WI, USA:

Two Weeks In Madison WI, A Tribute, The music is “Wander My Friends” by Bear McCreary

TheVoiceOfWisconsin

BEFORE there was “Occupy”  the people of Wisconsin occupied the Capital Building in protest.  This ongoing event was IGNORED by most of mainstream media in the United States.  Other countries sent reporters to cover what was happening in Madison while the major networks in the USA did their best to ignore it. Democracy Now! was one of the few American news outlets that provided coverage. Students, teachers, firefighters, farmers and people from every social economic class in WI joined together with the Wisconsin 14 who did the only thing they could to stop The Bill–they exiled themselves from the state of WI.

“Tell Me What Democracy Looks: This is What Democracy Looks Like” —Inside the Capital building in Madison–this was not a fifteen minute protest. This continued for days on end until Gov. Scot Walker found ways to keep the people out of the building. Enlarge the video to full screen and watch for the round ‘food’ tray, I think it’s bread, come to the drummers through the crowd.

superflyr

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For more on WI in 2011 https://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2011/02/

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Ireland:

Rossport Solidarity Camp Join the Resistance

zapa4663

Intinn song ‘ Come Away’

Come in solidarity – the rossport solidarity camp is open all year round for people to come find out about what’s going on and take action against Shell.
http://www.shelltosea.com
http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org

“The Shelltosea campaign in Co Mayo, Ireland is the longest running environmental and economic campaign in the world. The campaign is entering its’ 13th year of protest against Shell Oil’s attempt to bring ashore deadly untreated gas to be refined inland.”Dominick Bruno

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Shell to Sea Protest at castlerea prison

edeire29  upload

Mickey Coleman’s song about Pat O’Donnell

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Canada:

Idle No More

Get four like minded, highly motivated smart women together and you’ve got traction in all four directions. I posted about Idle No More early on. Its blog / site and actions have spread far and wide since then.  The video is long but it covers a range of issues all in one.

Buffy Peters upload

Drums – sung by Donna Augustine, written by Johnny Cash
Seventh Generation – Seventh Generation Singers
No No Keshagesh – Buffy Sainte-Marie

http://www.idlenomore.ca/

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Idle No More

Bullet Proof

No Time For Apathy

Fair Use – For Educational Purposes Only (feel free to mirror)I do not own any of the material (music, images & video).Watch in HD/Full Screen and read the following before starting the video.The following video tries to cover 1200 years of History (from my perception, I live in BC so there is a couple of issues that are close to my heart that are represented), relating to the indigenous peoples of North America from the Viking, Spanish and British invasions, to current. It is an attempt to cover a long time frame in a short period of time and I mean no disrespect to anyone. It is a show of support for the “Idle No More” campaign, and to show my support towards peaceful protests. The images and videos used are meant to portray a general overview and are not meant to cast all non indigenous individuals in a bad light. I believe most human beings are on the same page when it comes to equality and fair treatment.It is a little blunt, but sometimes there is no way around it…..Music:”Titanium” – David Guetta cover by: Boyce Avenue

Video Clips: (in order of first appearance)

“Pathfinder” (2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446013/?…

“Apocalypto” (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472043/

“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0821638/

“The Last of the Mohicans” (1992)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104691/

“First Nations – Lakota People” (2009)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3HpvJ…

“Time Lapse Scenery” – Youtube user – Nik123dj

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW8p8J…

“Wounded Knee” – Short Film w/Russell Means (2012) – Youtube user – ANRYIN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MME8Q…

“Oka Crisis” – News coverage – CBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61ldZT…

“Shawn Atleo (Canadian National Chief) w/Stephen Harper” – News coverage – TDTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMG5vl…

“Theresa Spence hunger strike” – News coverage – NTDTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtI4Ny…

“Flash Mob” clip – Youtube user – Aaron Peters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHEUgh…
“Idle No More” image – professional recreationalist

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brucedea…

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South Africa:

Peter Gabriel & Simple Minds  “Biko”

Simple Minds & Peter Gabriel – Biko Mandela 70th Birthday Concert June 1988 Wembly 1988

From wiki-google

  • Stephen Bantu Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Wikipedia

I know I should decide on a version of the same song but I can’t.  So take your pick. The first offers the incredible live crowd. The second offers images from the film “Cry Freedom”.

pcfrlog upload

Released in 1987 for the film ‘Cry Freedom’
Directed by Godley and Creme
From a live performance at Cleveland Blossom Amphitheatre 27 july 1987

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Oakland, CA, USA  – – 50,000 strong Occupy the Port — Community Unity Without ‘leaders’,  “Mic Check.”

occupysfmediavideo

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Occupy Oakland Port Shut down   “Be My Own Radio”

sftimecap

Bay musical group we dont know their name provides musical context for the joy and pride felt by of all those present at the Port of Oakland Shut Down, today, 11.2.11. This non-violent action was done in the most peaceful and loving way in the HISTORY OF MANKIND! The people of Oakland, CA have showed the rest of us how to stand together and continue this move towards true democracy and true economic repair of the chronic and cynical damage inflicted on the 99 by the greed of the 1%.

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To provide a sense of the number of people involved, here is Helicopter ‘music’ from the air view provided by a news cam. Soon after there would be no more of these views as the local television stations ceased reporting to the public the huge turnout. Probably in an effort to NOT inform and encourage others to participate. The main coverage was via people live-streaming the event on the ground via smart phones and laptops to online  livestream sites where thousands more people watched on the world wide web.

Occupy Oakland called for a general strike on the Port of Oakland, the 5th Largest port in the United States. They held the Port for 20+ hours stopping out incoming and outgoing cargo trucks.

OperationLeakS

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Everything about the Earth and the environment is now Political–there’s no getting around it–the issues with pollution, food, water, destruction of our environment all comes down to the influence of corporations on politics. So–there’s no way I could not go here to people and the planet.

“You Are Amazing” Greenpeace Music by the Maccabees

GreenpeaceUK

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She’s Alive…Beautiful…Finite…Hurting…Worth Dying For

Bittu Sahgal

This is a non-commercial attempt fromhttp://www.sanctuaryasia.com/ andhttps://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryasi…, to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/). Content credit: The principal source for the footage was Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s incredible film HOMEhttp://www.homethemovie.org/. The music was by Armand Amar. Thank you too Greenpeace and  http://timescapes.org/

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Check out what Johnny, Bear and willow have selected. Go on, you know you want to. Be curious. I am.

Johnny          http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/music-theme-politicalactivist-music-for-10913/

Bear               http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/music-themes-politcal-activists/

Willow           http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/theme-political-and-protest-songs/

Ode to the Oil Gods

Which circle of Dante’s Hell are we living in?

Will the Tea Party make a Citizen’s Arrest?

Can  the  “Drill Baby Drill Lady” do a Mr. Clean job in the Gulf?

Al Gore will surely help her with the chore.

Hey Hollywood—got an oil flow disaster script on the fast track yet?

Oh and all the stories/image the Coast Guard is preventing from being shown.

No journalists allowed within 65 feet.

Where is that First Amendment hiding?

Perhaps in George Orwell’s grave.

Got kicked off the Deep Horizon.

 BP brings oil to you and me.

BP drills holes in the seas.

All for money.

Everything  is expendable.

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