This week’s “Say It In Song” choice is by British singer Lily Allen. While the song isn’t political, most of the lyrics can apply to how many of us are left feeling after watching politics each week. We think our elected officials are supposed to care but, unfortunately, in too many cases the evidence points to the contrary.… [Read more]
“Don’t hate the black
Don’t hate the white
If you get bitten
Just hate the bite”
~ Sly and the Family Stone
Everyday people spoke, petitioned, protested, occupied and marched.
Everyday people made their voices heard on Election Day.… [Read more]
This week’s “Say it in Song” selection is “Tennessee,” by Arrested Development. Tennessee has been in the news this week because one of its residents, a firearms dealer, thought that he should teach a lesson about freedom and the Second Amendment by issuing a statement in which he said … [Read more]
This week’s Say it in Song pick is John Mayer’s Waiting on the World to Change.
“One day our generation is gonna rule the population…so we keep waiting…waiting on the world to change.”
We don’t believe in waiting for things to change; we believe in active participation and being, as Gandhi said, the change we want to see in the world.… [Read more]
This week’s Say it in Song pick is by singing diva Martha Wash. Her lively song, “Listen to the People,” has a powerful message that should resonate in today’s often contentious environment.
Listen to the people… listen to them crying out
Everybody listen to the sounds of a better world
Listen to the children
Can you hear them calling out?… [Read more]
The late, great Curtis Mayfield sang (preached!) “People Get Ready”. The song seems very appropriate for this week’s Say It In Song choice. With all of the changes this country is experiencing, the unfounded anxiety over a 12/21/12 Mayan-inspired armageddon, thoughts of falling off a (fiscal) cliff, and the horrible mayhem of the past week, we feel that all we can do is steady ourselves and prepare for a ‘shift’.… [Read more]
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all the victims of the senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today.… [Read more]
Let’s face it…that’s what politics is really all about: change. We may not agree on what changes to make or how to get there but when positive energy is devoted to solving a problem for the greater good, we all benefit. This week’s Say It In Song pick is a Sheryl Crow oldie but goodie.… [Read more]
You used your voice to speak up for what you believe in.
You exercised your power and your rights by voting on election day.
You’ve signed petitions that were delivered to local and national representatives in support of human rights, a clean environment, privacy laws, and even a system that protects consumers from predatory banks and corporations.… [Read more]
For today’s Say It In Song pick, Ray Charles’ Hit the Road, Jack is an appropriate choice. Why? Because weeks after the presidential election, vocal secessionists are still making this an issue. The issue of secession was been decided ages ago; still want to secede and don’t believe me? How about paying attention to the rightest of right-wing Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia, and what he said back in 2006, long before President Obama was re-elected:
“If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. … [Read more]
This week’s Say It In Song pick is by Vanessa Williams.
I’ve got work to do. I’ve got a JOB, baby!
Sounds to us like that’s the tone President Obama has taken since Election Day.
Game time is over, Congress; it’s time to get the job done.… [Read more]
If you’re a regular reader of this site you know that each week we choose a song that reflects weekly events. In light of President Obama’s re-election, there is no more appropriate song than Queen’s “We Are the Champions.”
Are we gloating? Perhaps. But it’s not without the realisation that we still have much work to do in this country.… [Read more]
“Fly Like An Eagle“….the lyrics mean as much today as they did when the Steve Miller Band released this song in 1976. The political parties have spoken and their platforms are clear; it is now up to the citizens to decide which party plans to address the needs of the hungry, the elderly, and the homeless…not just the select few at the very top of the economic ladder.… [Read more]
This week’s Say It In Song post is a 1980′s throwback: Little Lies, by Fleetwood Mac.
“If I could turn the page
In time then I’d rearrange just a day or two…”
How many of us aren’t feeling that way during this political season? Just ready to turn a page and move on…
There’s work to do, and we’re tired of hearing lies.… [Read more]
Some people are made of plastic
And you know some people are made of wood
Some people have hearts of stone
Some people are up to no good…
The Dramatics made so much sense when they released Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get in 1971; they could have easily been talking about today’s political scene. The hearts of stone and the people up to no good?… [Read more]
This week’s Say It In Song pick is a Eurythmics hit. It came to mind because the recent presidential and vice presidential debates have made us ask that simple question…and apparently, if you’re Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan, the answer is a resounding yes.… [Read more]
Today’s “Say It In Song” post is an oldie but goodie from The Temptations.
“…Just a Ball of Confusion
Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today…”
With uprisings, voter suppression efforts, the threat of war, racial and ethnic tensions, and a widening wealth gap between the haves and have-nots it seems “ball of confusion” is an accurate description.… [Read more]
The headlines say it all: “Obama Warns Young Voters About Voter Suppression“…. “Courts Reject GOP Voter Suppression Overreach in Four States“…”Republicans’ Voter Suppression Project Grinds On“….and so on, and so on…
What does all of this mean? The GOP talks a good game about freedom and civil rights and values but, given their broad-based effort to keep citizens from exercicing their right to vote, we know that fairness, access and equality couldn’t honestly be part of their platform.… [Read more]
Here’s a find: two women with wonderful voices singing “Get Out and Vote!” The ladies, whose video announces them as lesbian duo Bria and Chrissy, say that this is “Our song encouraging you to get out and vote, with the pros and cons of Obama or Romney being President, completely objective of course.”
You decide; I think they’re on point!… [Read more]