Here’s some fun music for your weekend. I’m a Deadhead but I’m into lots of music, especially jam bands like Phish. This is an upbeat song that usually lifts my spirits. Peace.
I was thinking about this old song earlier today, when I was doing a bit of housework for the first day of spring. Certain members of my family used to sing it when I was small, and it would make me cry. Oh our insatiable sense of humor!
Woody Guthrie actually doesn’t sing it nearly as well as they did. He doesn’t convey much – if any – emotion. But oh, the high drama of those bygone days!
I’m teasing. But it was the first day of spring and the nights will begin to warm now, and so the time had surely come and could not be forestalled, to put my flannel sheets away.
I like Playing for Change, a music/video project that brings musicians together from around the world. Instead of bringing them to one place to play, they record where they are and the music is mixed. The results are inspiring.
Here’s a group of musicians playing Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. I hadn’t heard this one until tonight. A friend shared it on Facebook.
This video goes out to everybody, because I just got reminded that change doesn’t come from there, change comes from here.
Sometimes I’m amazed by how beautifully song lyrics and poems find their relevance in my life. Especially songs by The Grateful Dead.
I was riding my bike today and listening to Throwing Stones on the trusty iPod. I thought Yes! There we are! “So it goes, we make what we made since the world began.”
Here’s a video of the boys playing that song, March 1993, with some of the lyrics.
Commissars and pin-stripe bosses
Roll the dice.
Any way they fall,
Guess who gets to pay the price.
Money green or proletarian gray,
Selling guns ‘stead of food today.
So the kids they dance
And shake their bones,
And the politicians throwin’ stones,
Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down.
Ashes, ashes, all fall down.
Heartless powers try to tell us
What to think.
If the spirit’s sleeping,
Then the flesh is ink
History’s page will thus be carved in stone.
And we are here, and we are on our own
On our own.
On our own.
On our own.
Here’s a link to a video of Peter, Paul and Mary, singing Blowing In The Wind and Give Peace a Chance at a Washington Peace March in 1971:
Beautiful, and an amazing piece of history.
“For all the war dead.”