It's a raw weather day in blustery Bean Town today. When wearing warmth and weatherproof is a must. Makes you walk a little faster to get to that cozy cave, while the rain and brutal winds push you down the street. And yet...I think to myself...I at least know I have a warm retreat waiting. Which makes me think of all those camping out presently in the Occupy Boston location not so far away. People who may not know tonight a complete feeling of warmth in their bones. It is humbling. It is thought provoking. It is not going away...and we should all be thinking gratefully of these kinds of sacrifices happening all over our land, while we live the good life in our four walls wherever that may be.
A small thing that came to me this week, was also the one that has haunted me and must be shared. A very sweet tweet I saw, from a young woman obviously in rapture of the present day protests. She was also thinking nostalgically, in her remote way, of previous times of protest from my protest times. Rightfully in awe of the positive things that transpired, and like all passionate souls, enamoured with the music. Her innocence and openess to something that just "felt right", made me think of myself many me's ago. The me that was also young and burning inside with the fire of music, that truly made us all moths to a flame. Music that made us feel like our own "nation within a nation". With lyrics that bonded us eternally and siren's songs that made our hearts and minds soar....together.
So when this sincere young woman asked this question, it made me wonder ever since.
Her question was.."Why are there no songs and singers for the Occupy Protests like there were then?"
A damned valid point...and a reminder ....that from the mouths of babes...we will hear the truth.
Which made me ask myself...where are the famous songwriters and why aren't they showing up?
An obvious thought in context to the movement's message, would be that unfortunately, we have made them part of the 1%. A totally negative attitude I admit; but a true statement in fact. We have created millionaire and billionaire musicians with our support and liking of their music and downloads of unequaled proportions, thanks to technology. They in turn give us more product in the form of concerts, where we can praise them in person, while still contributing to their financial rise. In fairness, there have also always been true gifts of celebrity support for many causes.
So why not now?
Is there not a one out there who is translating their thoughts and emotions about the present day protests? If so...won't you please show up?
There has never been a better time than now for all those heartfelt emotions to ring loud and honor the coming together of so many people who deserve an anthem...or several:) The young woman who got me started on this was so right. This movement, this phenomena of a gathering of righteous intent and personal sacrifice...deserves to hear the lovely music in their hearts and minds that will enliven and embolden them in the way I and my peers reveled, in owning a song that spoke what we all we're trying to say.
I've been thinking of John Lennon all year; but especially this week while pondering this question. Why wouldn't I? If there was one artist who brought all the artists, protestors, revolutionaries of the 60's & 70's together as one....he was it. O.K....I know this is common knowledge and ancient history....but honestly...has there been anyone since? The real reason for this...was because he had the passion and bravery to not care what anyone else thought about his actions....as long as he felt it was the right thing to do. Can we say the same for the present day musicians?...I'm not sure.
Here's a great video to champion what it looks like to be a real revolutionary visionary, using your best talents for the greater good. Let it be a model of how to defend your passion and defy those that call you just a dreamer. His dreams came true...and so did ours... because he cared enough to help us dream and showed us how to stand brave and with a love for mankind above all. The beginning prophetic moments of this video are chilling...the rest is just pure John Lennon.
So now that I've opened this topic and hopefully helped my young tweeter friend realize her dream....
I hope that it will spread a ground swell of asking the same question.
Where is our music for this protest?