Music often tells a story better than any news article. Have you ever seen a news event and then found that it triggered the memory of a song? Well, we're setting today's happenings to music. Here is our (and yours!) musical commentary.

All By Myself

All by myself

It’s a challenge to feel ‘musical’ when surrounded by so much negativity. The “Say It In Song” space has always been used to connect songs of any era and genre to current political events but, given that songs often evoke powerful emotions, it has been difficult to post songs when political tensions are already running so high (or low, if one is taking the disgust factor into consideration).… [Read more]

Free Your Mind

Free Your MInd

“Before you can read me you’ve got to learn how to see me.”

This week’s “Say It In Song“ pick is “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue.

If you’re paying attention at all to the current political climate, it is as it has been for at last the past 5 years: stuck. Stuck in a place of so much negativity that the nation is unable to truly move forward and, in fact, the actions of many appear to have the intention of taking the country backwards.… [Read more]

“We Got to Have Peace”…

Peace Sign

“Through our voice, the world knows, we have no choice…” ~ Curtis Mayfield

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate given the global political climate. Whether it’s Syria, Russia or Iran on the international front, all the people know is that we are moving more and more away from a place of peace.

Isn’t there another way?… [Read more]

The Anniversary Lives On… #MarchOnWashington

50th Anniversary March on Washington

History. It’s interesting to watch events through their original lens — in their time and in context.

The “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” as it was originally called, was one of the largest political rallies for civil, economic and human rights in United States history. It took place on August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C., and ended up being a pivotal event in this nation’s history.… [Read more]

3 Days of Peace and Music

Woodstock  3 days

We’re taking a look back into the nation’s history for this week’s “Say It In Song” post: this weekend marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the pivotal music festival that was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”.  Rolling Stone Magazine lists this festival as one of the “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”

It stands the test of time.… [Read more]

Under Pressure

Under Pressure

It’s the terror of knowing What this world is about Watching some good friends Screaming ‘Let me out’ Pray tomorrow – gets me higher high high Pressure on people – people on streets Turned away from it all like a blind man Sat on a fence but it don’t work Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn Why – why – why ?[Read more]

Pulling back from the eve of destruction

Eve of destruction?

Among the best protest signs I’ve ever seen is one that said, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.” This week’s ‘Say It In Song‘ post was written decades ago. It reminds us of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

 

Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’ I’m sitting here just contemplatin’ I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.[Read more]

The Way it Is

Things can change...

“Standing in line marking time, waiting for the welfare dime ‘Cause they can’t buy a job The man in the silk suit hurries by As he catches the poor old ladies’ eyes just for fun he says, “Get a job”[Read more]

Bulletproof

Bulletproof

“Some will die over oil kill over land Charge you for taxes and Blame Uncle Sam Read you your rights and charge you for nothing Now who’s really gangsta And tell me who’s frontin’ Murder your sons, ravage your daughters Here overseas and across the waters Tanks and missiles, bombs and grenades Inject the land with guns and aids”[Read more]

Ain’t gonna stand for it

It's too hot...

To borrow the title from Stevie Wonder’s 1980 album, “It’s hotter than July.”

Summer is known for high heat and lazy, hazy days but, unfortunately, it’s also a time known for flaring tempers.

This title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick, “Ain’t Gonna Stand For It,” came to mind as the result of all the anger-inducing events taking place across the country.… [Read more]

Streets of Fire

Civil Unrest: Streets of Fire

Given all of the social unrest we’ve witnessed both domestically and abroad, this week’s  “Say It In Song” pick is a 1978 Bruce Springsteen hit from his album “Darkness on the Edge of Town”: Streets of Fire.

This is dedicated to all of those people who walk streets of fire to protest against broken promises made by elected officials.… [Read more]

Fool on the Hill

stuck-on-stupid

“Fool on the Hill” is this week’s “Say It In Song” pick. Given the news coming out of Capitol Hill this week — ranging from the fight to take food from the mouths of babes in terms of reduced SNAP (food stamp) subsidies, all the way to the battles to bring women’s rights back to the pre-choice 1950s — it appears that many in this nation have cast votes for leaders who are our own personal fools.… [Read more]

Still Our Only Home

Earth is our only home

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that comes to us courtesy of Jeff Beck and the Hammer Group.

Much will be discussed about the environment this week; despite the fact that climate change will not be discussed at this year’s G8 Summit at which global leaders will meet to discuss topics of international importance, activism will remain a local, grassroots issue.… [Read more]

Going Around in Circles

Going around in circles

The title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that came to mind several times, one of which was during President Obama’s press conference at which he talked about progress being made in states that have accepted the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

If the states would allow for the Medicare expansion, and let the ACA do what it’s supposed to do, the forces of competition will help to do what is currently happening in California: insurance companies working within the healthcare exchanges and their exorbitant premiums are competitive.… [Read more]

Out of Control

Out of Control

Out of control….

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is not a typical song. The performer, Reggie Watts, is a stream of consciousness improvisational comedian and musician.

Mr. Watts does the performing. You pick the message you want to receive.

In an over-politicized world in which many issues become political drama or manufactured scandals, it’s nice to know that we are allowed to make up our own minds about what’s important to us and how we communicate with others.… [Read more]

Ordinary Day

Ordinary Day

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is ”Ordinary Day” as performed by Omar.

or·di·nar·y (/ˈôrdnˌerē/)

Ordinary is defined as having no special or distinctive features; normal.

It’s what is commonplace, regular or standard. In an era during which so much of what we see and hear is hype that is meant to frighten rather than enlighten and manipulate rather than teach, there’s beauty in being able to experience what is simple and ordinary.… [Read more]

Cruisin’ for Bruisin’

Cruisin' for a bruisin'

Watching this week’s news cycle made me think of this song’s title. How often must we, the public, be subjected to the same nonsense spewed as ‘doing the work of the people’? This week it was revealed that the political wrangling disguised as an inquiry into the tragic events in Benghazi is nothing more than misinformation and twisted facts.… [Read more]

Homeless

homelessness

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is ”Homeless,”performed by Paul Simon on the album Graceland.

“Strong wind destroy our home Many dead, tonight it could be you Strong wind, strong wind Many dead, tonight it could be you”

On any given night in this country, 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless.… [Read more]

Things Have Changed

Changes ahead  exit sign

Events in the news this week have some of us thinking about change on a national and global level. Today we’re posting this week’s “Say It In Song” pick: Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed.”

People are crazy and times are strange I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range I used to care, but things have changed.[Read more]

Money

money

Money is on the mind today. Perhaps it’s because we’re moving beyond the trauma caused by filing our annual tax returns a couple of weeks ago, or maybe it’s because we heard the money-related news about how Congress moved to end the sequester only in an area which directly affects them; they quickly passed a bill to end Federal Aviation Administration furloughs right before they fled Washington to go on recess.… [Read more]