JUNETEENTH-4: Music Fuels & Moves the Movement

Links to the other 4 Juneteenth posts are at the end.

For some time now words and phrases are becoming like search criteria for my musical memory. It’s like I’m living the world of August Rush, as I’m hearing the music EVERYWHERE...

August Rush Trailer (02:24)

“You know what music is...harmonic connection between all living beings.”

--Wizard (Robin Williams)

“(Music) it’s all around us...all you have to do is listen.”

--August Rush (Freddie Highmore)

August Rush - Louis & Evan Playing Together (Dueling Guitars) (03:34)

Case in point on my “hearing music EVERYWHERE” – As I reported in “JUNETEENTH-2,” when my PPC friend replied to my email about his availability for a Zoom meeting, he included the phrase: “ I will be on with BELLS. Happy Father’s Day.” “BELLS” retrieved Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” from my vault.

This free association is happening all the time. I used “free” because there’s no monthly subscription fee.

Poor People’s Campaign: Theomusicality and Movement Arts

The Poor People’s Campaign has a great bunch of talented artists. They have joined together into various groups around the country that are known as “Theomusicality and Movement Arts.” Arts and culture is a key part of making the invisible visible in any social movement.

2018 Convening in Raleigh, NC (08:41) – highlights:

Quoting poet Aja Monet, one of the Campaign volunteers says,

“The role of the cultural worker is to make movement IRRESISTABLE.”

Dr. Charon Hribar says that music, arts and culture is not just decoration or an add-on to our organizing strategy but sits at the heart of a movement. It’s what people see... what they remember and is gonna move people’s hearts and minds in this movement.

For more information, resources and music - visit the Arts and Culture pages of the Poor People’s Campaign website. Here are some musical offerings from the site:

Somebody’s Hurting My Brother (04:14) – includes the song’s origins as a result of Duke Energy’s dumping coal ash into poor neighborhoods which caused a host of physical and mental harm

A New Unsettling Force (01:47)

Everybody’s Got a Right to Live (02:16)

Jamel Coy Hudson

One Day (emotionally powerful cover of Matisyahu's hopefilled classic) (03:55)

Redemption Song (passionate, powerful cover of Bob Marley) (01:19)

Pauline Pisano

Rich Man's House. Poor People's Campaign Artists Rise Together (01:00)

In-Formation (05:17)

--haunting challenge amplified by an acoustic 12-string

Here are two blog posts from last year:

An October 2020 post I did for the Campaign. (3-minute read)

Takin it to the Streets for Social Justice Using Music, Dance & Art (3-minute read)

COME share your talents with us! Join the PPC Movement...

...on this page click your state name then follow the links (email and website) and fill in the “Join the Campaign!” form to get connected.

Playing for Change

In 2005 Playing for Change (PFC) founder Mark Johnson saw street musician Roger Ridley performing the following song and got an inspiration for using Roger’s soulful performance as one of PFC’s Songs Around the World.

An Introduction to the Playing for Change Movement (03:52)

You can read more about their origins and vision here. Since it was uploaded it has had over 120 million views (at least 20 of these are mine).

Stand By Me | Original Performance by Roger Ridley | Playing For Change | Live Outside

In addition to uniting musicians from around our shared world in “playing for change,” the PFC’s Foundation builds and supports music programs for children in underserved parts of our world.

In addition to the many talented local musicians in all countries, PFC has attracted some of the globe’s most celebrated music makers like: the members of Bob Marley’s family (Skip, Stephen, Cedella, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Keith Richards, Bono, David Crosby, Bono, Buddy Guy, Bela Fleck, Billy Branch, Dr. John, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, John Cruz, John Densmore (Doors), Keb Mo, Little Feat, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead percussionist), Mike Love, Otis Redding, III, Peter Gabriel, Ringo Starr, Rising Appalachia, Taj Mahal, The Doobie Brothers, and YoYo Ma...

See more here.

Songs for Change

Higher Ground (2020)

The Times They Are A-Changin’ featuring Brandi Carlile w/Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)| Peace Through Music (05:19)

“Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call

Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall

For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled

The battle outside ragin'

Will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times, they are a-changin'”

Get Up Stand Up 2020 featuring Skip and Cedella Marley | Song Around The World (04:11)

Babylon | Los Pinguos (03:17)

The Weight featuring Robbie Robertson (The Band) and Ringo Starr| Song Around The World (05:45)

Seeds of Freedom – featuring Manu Chao & Rising Appalachia (03:46)

“Seeds of Freedom“

“Gardens of hope growing slowly

Last chance to save humanity

Be ready, be ready

Seeds of freedom

Time has come

Seeds of freedom

Life will overcome”

– Manu Chao

A Change is Gonna Come – Live in Los Angeles (06:02)

Skin Deep feat. Buddy Guy | Songs Across the USA (05:32)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

PFC and ATD join against poverty (02:58)

“We recently collaborated with the NGOATD Fourth World, to create a new Song Around the World to raise awareness about poverty. This video will take you to our shoot in Burkina Faso where we had an amazing time recording musicians and seeing the change that ATD is creating with their hard work.”

“ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World is a movement of solidarity among and in collaboration with the most excluded families around the world. Founded in 1957 by Joseph Wresinski, ATD Fourth World brings together women and men from all cultures and social classes and is active in 34 countries. It is an international non-governmental organization with no religious or political affiliation.”

Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Clarence Bekker (he dedicated it to MLK) (03:42)

“We recorded this song in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Now we’d like to share this intimate performance of Clarence Bekker singing “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution” with you, hoping this song speaks to your heart and that you carry love and compassion for all of humanity with you each and every day. In the words of MLK himself: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

“It's finally the tables are starting to turn

Talkin' bout a revolution, oh no

Talkin' bout a revolution, oh

[Verse 1]

While they're standing in the welfare lines

Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation

Wasting time in the unemployment lines

Sitting around waiting for a promotion


Don't you know

Talkin' bout a revolution

It sounds like a whisper

And finally the tables are starting to turn