Category Archives: Activism

I’m With Our Sisters

Nearly 5 million sisters and brothers marched our planet yesterday. The force of change is with us. Trust the Force and Resist.

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Gorillaz – Hallelujah Money

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.

 

 

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics – Newseum

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.

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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.

 

 

It Can’t Happen Here

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.

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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.

If you believe in Dweezil protecting his namesake, join us The Others of Intention at Pledge Music, today!

 

 

Harry Chapin’s Mr. Tanner

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”.

  1. The real Mr. Tanner and the inspiration for the song, Martin Turbidy is discovered  living in Weston, CT.  He is invited to attend The Chapin Family concert as their special guest.
  2. 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.

Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt Announce Benefit Concert At Standing Rock

To Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND, seven miles from Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, November 4, 2016: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joel Rafael, and Bad Dog will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line and the Standing Rockcommunity. The concert will be held at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND. Turtle Island Storyteller and founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, and others to be announced, will speak at the concert. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday at 10 AM Central Time.

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All gross proceeds from the concert will benefit the Oceti Sakowin Camp. The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of Native nations, friends and allies, from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne.

“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Bonnie Raitt.

“We are honored to have these great artists stand with us!” says Ladonna. Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.

For more information, and to donate, please visit www.standingrock.org

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Rise! – “I Wish Somebody Would Share The News”

Sunday is a day of worship and reflection. I ready for mass, gathering my prayers for family, friends and the planet.

My heart was moved to tears when I saw the miracle of the bison joining the protection at Standing Rock. Mother Nature has shown us her guidance through the animal kingdom. It is truly a sign from God.

Thousands of wild American Bison appear from no where at Standing Rock – And in the midst of mass arrests, mace attacks, and beatings from batons, a stampede of bison suddenly appeared near the Standing Rock protest camp. A cry of joy reportedly erupted from the Standing Rock Sioux, as they had been praying for assistance from the Tatanka Oyate during their standoff …
Stand in Prayerful Solidarity with Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition Water Protectors.

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The Whole World Is Watching

Where is our Love Song?

I received an email this morning. It contained an invitation from Congressman John Lewis via the White House. I was invited to virtually attend the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture today at 10:00 am ET.

I was thankful for that invite as I got to witness the celebration of a vital 100 year project come to fruition on the National Mall.

There were wonderful speeches and presentations.

My favorite moment was Stevie Wonder’s words and the question he had for us to contemplate,  “Where is our Love Song?”

With all that’s been going on in Charlotte the symbolism of promoting unity through the opening of this museum was not lost in the music of my heart.

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Color of Reality – Alexa Meade, Jon Boogz and Lil Buck

Powerful use of art and activism…thanking my son the artist for putting me in touch with this medium and its message.

NEW RELEASE: COLOR OF REALITY

Alexa Meade‘s perspective-bending artwork makes the 3D world look like a 2D painting. In her latest project collaboration, Alexa Meade’s art is the medium for the visual storytelling of Color of Reality, a short film written, directed, and choreographed by Jon Boogz. Movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck deliver emotional performances that speak powerfully to our frustrations with the increasing violence that is haunting American society today. Produced by Kalie Acheson of Animi.Design