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Sunday, December 27, 2015

People's Music : A Week Long of Songs Against Xenophobia

I think my political affiliations are by now clear to most people by whatever I have written till date but if people seem confused by my sincere criticism of both Netanyahu and Stalin,I have got enough words to explain myself and my ideals.
I had started with communism.Radical views that most young people figure out as a stunt against wars.Against wrongdoings.Against imperialism.Against capitalism. I had communist ideals for around four to four and a half years starting from when I was ten years old.Then things began to change as I got to learn the basics of democracy.Instinctively,it began feeling like restriction is a burden.Burden in people themselves,burden on humanity as a whole.And a compliment on something always induces the compliment of the compliment itself,sending us back to square one.Things began changing further when I realised it didn't matter if the socialists or the capitalists were in power in the West,they would still have their imperialistic intentions.Then it took a slight turn towards nationalism.Until I figured out this is worse than any other ideal men have came up with in the past.May be it is necessary at some point of time, especially when trying to abolish extreme forms of imperialism but in the long run,this does not have any fruitful effects.Instead,it encourages all the fragmentation and secessionism possible.Then I fiddled here and there until I realised the best thing I could do was to question.Personally,I do have my support for the Left Front in India.But I am more prone to questions,both in magnitude and direction than any party would ever like.So,what I am is an anarchist,an agnostic,a feminist,a socialist. I have contradicting views with that of Adam Smith but I am not,have never been in love with everything Marx had said.There are flaws but there is something that is definitely more substantial than I still am capable of understanding.
I am just not sure though if you can classify music that way.Except for may be bogus songs written by Guns N' Roses in support of President Roosevelt and in support of using napalm in the Vietnam War.Songs like 'Joe Hill','In The Ghetto','The Prison Trilogy','We Shall Overcome'always,ALWAYS help in raising spirits.Far more than words like "If you don't want to stay in my life,the door is open,Leave." or say,"Be You.Be Yourself.Be whatever you are.(Insertion : Be the demon the world doesn't desire.)" et cetera.
This week,as we pass through the transition from 2015 to 2016,instead of wishing Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,I want it all to be music,music that truly helps in raising your spirit.Music that makes you think for people and not only yourself.Many of these songs have re-explained me my very reason of existence,so I am very,very emotionally connected with them.Hope this serves the purpose the posts are intended for.The series will start late today or early tomorrow.

The songs included would be :-

  • 'Old Man River' by Paul Robeson
  • 'In The Ghetto' by Elvis Presley
  • 'Joe Hill' by Bruce Springsteen
  • 'The Prison Trilogy' by Joan Baez
  • 'We Shall Overcome' by Pete Seeger
  • 'The Love of Common People' by John Denver
  • 'Blowin' In The Wind' by Bob Dylan

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  1. We all follow similar pathways to understanding :-)

    For your music experience, have a listen



    the lyrics of these and others you may find useful at times,
    we all remain challenged to look a little further...

    1. Glad that you liked this,perhaps. :)

      I am listening to 'My Island Home' right now.Thanks for the links.Hope you're having a great year so far.


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