Protest Song of the Day: ‘All I Want Is Truth (for Christmas)’ by The Mynabirds

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Laura Burhenn is a singer, who has a music project called The Mynabirds. In November 2010, she released a song called, “All I Want is Truth (for Christmas).”

It puts into words a world development that has become increasingly clear: climate change means having a merry Christmas without snow.

 

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)’ by Bob Dorough & Miles Davis

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 8:30 am

Bob Dorough is a cool bepop, jazz pianist and singer, who collaborated with jazz legend Miles Davis to produce, “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern).” He is known for working with Allen Ginsberg and he also once performed in between Lenny Bruce sets.

The song may not be as much of a protest song as previous selections featured this week, however, its lyrics have an anti-commercialism theme.

Protest Song of the Day: ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake (Kinks)

By: Friday December 21, 2012 11:44 am

The song became a “serious song lamenting the fact that Christmas had moved away from being a season of goodwill and peace on earth to all men to being about commerciality.”

Protest Song of the Day: ’1913 Massacre’ by Woody Guthrie

By: Monday December 17, 2012 4:36 pm

Legendary folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie wrote a song called the “1913 Massacre” about a a tragedy believed to have taken place on December 24, 1913, in the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan. Hundreds of striking copper miners and their families were in the Hall for a Christmas party when someone shouted, “Fire!”

Protest Song of the Day: “I’m Thinkin’ ‘Bout Burnin’ the Walmart Down” by Steve Earle

By: Friday November 23, 2012 8:45 am

Thousands of Walmart workers are out striking, risking the possibility of workplace retaliation or their job. They are demanding dignity and respect from a corporation worth $252 billion that pays its workers so little that 80% of them are eligible for food stamps.

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle says he’s never known Walmart to be a good neighbor in any town. He opposed the construction of a Walmart in Chinatown in Los Angeles and recorded a song that is appropriate for this Black Friday called “I’m Thinkin’ ‘Bout Burnin’ the Walmart Down.”

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Freedom for Palestine’ by OneWorld

By: Thursday November 22, 2012 2:00 pm

With a ceasefire announced today, Gaza residents are celebrating. There is a little hope amidst pain and suffering that there may be some kind of breakthrough and Israel might end the blockade of Gaza. So, today’s song is anthem released in July 3, 2011, called “Freedom for Palestine.”

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Sign the Dotted Line’ by Jeff Mangum & Guy Picciotto

By: Saturday November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Strike Debt, an organization rooted in the idealism of the Occupy movement, kicked off their project to abolish debt and give the people a bailout with their telethon, the Rolling Jubilee. It featured Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio and others. According to OccupyWallSt.org, the telethon raised enough money to abolish $5 million worth of debt.

Protest Song of the Day: “I Get By” by Everlast

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 7:20 am

Today’s song is a selection for those seeking a People’s Bailout. It is by rapper and songwriter Everlast and is called “I Get By.”

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Have You Been to Jail for Justice?’ by Anne Feeney

By: Friday November 2, 2012 5:47 am

There are some really brave and courageous women and men, who are fighting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. They have been disrupting TransCanada’s effort to destroy forest and create a pathway for the pipeline . They have put their bodies in the way because of their conviction that this pipeline will fuel climate change, create more oil spills, contaminate water, lead to less jobs, etc. And they have been joined over the course of the past month or so by people like actress Daryl Hannah and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who have been arrested with them.

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Bradley Manning’ by David Neal

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:13 am

It is my great pleasure to present to you David Neal’s song “Bradley Manning,” which he sent to be featured as part of this ongoing project.

Neal is a singer-songwriter from Kitty Hawk, NC, on the Outer Banks. He pays the bills by working in construction and building houses and writes songs to express his love and frustration with his country and life itself. This comes from his album “Speak Truth.”

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