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Make Your Own Kind of Music

In Children's Literacy, History, K-12 Education, Popular Music on January 29, 2011 at 7:00 AM
You gotta Make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along–  Mama Cass Elliot

In the 1960’s, pop tunes made a difference. They did much to affect social change. The singers and songwriters who performed those tunes were passionate about the righteousness and certainty of their belief that treating American Blacks as second class citizens and denying and depriving them access to education, jobs and opportunity was morally wrong, unlawful and violated the Constitution of the United States. Their songs articulated their plight, grieved the collective conscience of the nation, and championed the human rights and dignity of fellow Americans who were being harrassed, violated even killed because of the color of their skin.

With only a couple days before African American History Month, allow me to present you with this:

Photo courtesy Will Counts Collection/Indiana University Archives Elizabeth Eckford, 15, harrassed, followed, heckled and taunted by an angry crowd after she was denied entrance to Little Rock Central High School, September 4, 1957.

Because there really are “no Red states or Blue states, there is only One UNITED States of America!” –Barack Obama

I wish everyone could live comfortably here in these United States with dignity, some personal liberty and the ability to constructively engage in the Pursuit of Happiness.

Alas, the real, unconquered enemy of Black people remains the great economic divide. That’s why the use of the “n” word is so repugnant. See, it’s not about skin color. It’s a word intended to remind Blacks they are never going to get what you’ve got. It’s not about skin color! It’s about ACCESS, class and power. Blacks still really don’t have any. They’re still the last hired, the first fired and that with only a scintilla of probable cause or provocation. It’s still hard and more expensive to be Black in America.

The beat goes on.

This Land Is Your Land was written and first performed by Woody Guthrie. It’s been performed by a who’s who of American popular music from musician, activist and Guthrie’s fellow traveler Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen. Sharon Jones (click on the photo above) performs her cover that includes verses that were originally unreleased until 1997 when Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place heard the acetate master while transferring the recording into a digital format! A–mazing, huh?

African American History Month is two days away. Instead of humming feel good songs and eating at McDonald’s, let’s all individually BE the Song fur a Change! Try it FREE fur 30 days. This offer comes complete with a lifetime Goodwill Energy guarantee. And the best part–  It’s free! Even Shipping and handling are included!

So c’mon. This year, instead of joining in on the ever increasing chorus of African American History Month dismissers, maligners and ridiculers, BE a real agent fur change. BE the song!

(Two extra days of UNITED States courtesy of ThatOne | EBD, YOUR English Bulldog Mascot, Goodwill Ambassador and ENdorphinator!)

Chorus:

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, well, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
I tell you, This land was made for you and me
As I went walking down that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
Now I saw below me that golden valley
And I said: This land was made for you and me.
As I was walking, they try to stop me,
They put up a sign that said, it said “Private Property.”
Well, on the back side, you know it said nothing!
So, it must be that side was made for you and me*
One bright sunny morning, well, in the shadow of a steeple;
Down by the welfare office, I gazed upon my People.
You know, they stood there hungry; I stood wondering,
I was wondering if this land made was for you and me?**
This land is your land, this land is my land
From Riverside, California, to the Staten Island
Well, oh, down to Modesto, Georgia, don’t forget to say Philadelphia, oh
we moving on down to Mississippi, Houston, Texas, ah LA,
you know,This land is your land, this land is my land.
This land is your land
You’ve got to believe, This my land
This land was made for you and me

https://i0.wp.com/www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/files/2008/10/610_guthrie_about.jpgClick on the photo of Woody Guthrie. Find out more about him.

Goodwill Energies I project
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day!

Don't just try to love one another. Do it!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

U-N-I-T-Y

That’s life today!

*The unreleased verses

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