Guns are designed to kill and we, as non-violent human beings, are against the killing of any person or animal.The song is also about the power of love, in all its freedom of choice. A power that no gun can extinguish as love will rule always. Melt down your guns and kiss your neighbor.” – Thurston Moore
Gorillaz published their anti-Trump music video yesterday, “Hallelujah Money”. Benjamin Clementine’s chilling vocal juxtaposes power and corruption. The video features backdrop images ranging from people in white hoods to clowns as it unfolds within the glass elevator in Trump Tower.
Some members of the general public don’t believe musicians have the right to protest. They just want them to play the music and shut up about politics. Yet any fan can protest should they so choose. Wrong double standard if you ask me.
The protest movement rose out of song and the right to assemble. This exhibit highlights that basic human right.
Check out the Newseum Website for more particulars. Wish I could see this exhibition.
I am appalled at the sibling rivalry of family descendants when it comes to inheriting and managing the Zappa family trust.
Ahmet and Diva Zappa intend to deny their brother, the other son of Frank and Gail Zappa, Dweezil Zappa the inalienable right to use his own last name to identify himself in the field of music and entertainment. Talk about restraint of trade and obstruction to earning a living. How wack-a-doodle and insensitive can Ahmet and Diva be?
We’re seeing more and more examples of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
I’m writing this blog post in the hopes that you will support Dweezil in this very important fight of personal integrity and validation.
I prefer to see Dweezil Zappa absolutely free to use his last name in business. It boggles my mind when I think of the precedents this legal action might accomplish.
My son and I witnessed the world premiere of Dweezil Zappa’s Zappa Plays Zappa at the Jammy Awards, April 20, 2006 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC. His father, Frank Zappa was honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dweezil Zappa is denied the use of Zappa Plays Zappa and the censorship, the outright stripping of his rights to his own legal name further evidence the abuse of power by Ahmet and Diva Zappa.
Harry Chapin wrote a song, “Mr. Tanner” about a Midwest cleaner who dreamed of being a professional singer. We learned to identify with someone pursuing the desire of becoming famous beyond a meager existence. Only to have those dreams dashed by a NY Times critic’s review. The sweetest solace is the last verse.
Music was his life, it was not his livelihood,
And it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good.
And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul.
He did not know how well he sang; It just made him whole.
As it turns out Connecticut and Mr. Tanner have quite the bond. The song was recorded in Bridgeport at Paul Leka‘s Connecticut Recording studio in 1973. On Saturday night , 11/12 at the Quick Center on the Fairfield University campus three related events intersected with Harry Chapin’s “Mr. Tanner”.
He joined The Chapin Family on stage to sing, “Mr. Tanner” which validated the real person featured in the song from 1974 performing the song live.
3. There will be a children’s book, Mr. Tanner, based on Harry Chapin’s song with a happy ending :). The author, Bryan Langdo and book company representative, Rod Broder of Ripple Grove Press were in attendance in the lobby, promoting the future book with preliminary copies on display and taking pre-orders.