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.

Just *what* is going on?

Richie Havens’ cover of “What’s Going On” is this week’s “Say It In Song” pick. Some of us feel it helps to have a moment of reflection and quiet contemplation when things appear to have gone crazy. The week brought a vote by the House of Representatives to invade citizens’ privacy on the one end, and a win by the National Rifle Association against all voices in support of sane gun control legislation on the other.… [Read more]

Backstabbers

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is an oldie but goodie by famed R&B group, The O’Jays. ‘Backstabbers’ feels appropriate based simply on its definition; it means to attack someone particularly in a sneaky, deceitful and underhanded manner.

Doesn’t that seem like what’s going on in U.S. politics today? We have elected officials in place to make the nation better for its citizens but, clearly, the agenda is controlled by far too many special interest groups.… [Read more]

Alabama Jailhouse

The Scottsboro Boys were nine Afican-American teenagers who were accused in 1931 of the rape of a white woman in Alabama. The legal case that resulted included a frame-up, attempts at lynching by an angry mob, and an all-white jury. The case still stands as one of America’s worst examples of racism, systemic abuses and the overall miscarriage of justice. … [Read more]

When will we be paid?

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate in light of recent news about the continued battle for fairness for workers. Though “When Will We Be Paid, by the Staple Singers, was released shortly after the Civil Rights Movement, the lyrics are just as applicable today – especially when taken in the context of the ongoing fight for workers’ rights.… [Read more]

No More Trouble

The inimitable Bob Marley said it best: “We don’t need trouble, what we need is love.” This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate in light of recent news about chemical weapons in Syria and threats from North Korea directed towards military bases. At least there was some talk of peace this week, even it was purely symbolic.… [Read more]

We Used to Know You…

Back when you were the party of Abraham Lincoln, we knew you.

When you became the party of Dwight D. Eisenhower, we knew you.

Even when you became the party of Barry Goldwater, we knew you.

And then you became the party of Ronald Reagan….and while there was much to squirm over, we still knew you because we knew what to expect.… [Read more]

Heal the World

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that seems appropriate for Women’s History Month. Women are often the world’s nurturers and healers despite the fact that, globally, life isn’t easy for many women:

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.[Read more]

Hold On

This week’s “Say It In Song“ pick is “Hold On,”  by Alabama Shakes:

 You got to hold on You got to hold on

Yeah! You got to wait! Yeah! You got to wait! But, I don’t wanna wait I don’t wanna wait

Sometimes we have to be active to get what we need; we have to participate in order so that  we can achieve the outcomes we want.… [Read more]

How it feels to be free…

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick was performed in 1976 by the inimitable singer and activist Nina Simone. In honour of Black History Month, we’d like you to have a listen:… [Read more]

We can deal with rockets and dreams, but reality…?

Musical genius and legend Curtis Mayfield once said:

“We’re all built up with progress, But sometimes I must confess, We can deal with rockets and dreams, But reality… what does it mean?[Read more]

“We can bomb the world to pieces, but…”

“We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it into peace.”… [Read more]

Earth Song: Because We Can Never Think TOO Much About The Environment

Today’s “Say it in Song” pick is a timeless song by Michael Jackson: “Earth Song”…because giving thought to this planet, and what we’re doing to our environment, can never be overstated.

If you’re interested in learning more about the air you breathe, the water you drink, the soil that nourishes the food you eat and the creatures that are dependent upon conservation efforts to survive, here is a partial list of global organisations to obtain more information.… [Read more]

It’s Not Fair

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]

Everyday People

“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]

Tennessee

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]

Waiting on the World to Change

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]

Listen to the People

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]

People Get Ready

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]

Tears in Heaven

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]

A Change Would Do You Good

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]