Inspired Music : All Songs ConsideredWe've received a lot of original music from both well-known and home/amateur musicians in reaction to the war in Iraq. On this edition of All Songs Considered you can hear the songs that stood out.
We've received a lot of original music from both well-known and home/amateur musicians in reaction to the war in Iraq. Though we can't feature every submission, on this special edition of All Songs Considered you can hear some of the songs that stood out to us.
"I wrote the Bell in response to the current push for war in Iraq, but had all war in mind, in which a few wealthy individuals lead whole nations of honest people into violence for gains that remain only in the hands of those few. This war, primarily over oil in the mid-east, is a war of the kind of globalization my generation is standing up against. I hope this song helps stop the war, and all war of its kind, while inspiring the growing international movement for equality and human rights. I also hope the manner in which it spreads is an inspiration for those who believe art does have the power to create social change."
"I wrote this song nearly a year ago and I regularly introduce it by saying 'I don't usually write songs from the perspective of God, but...' As I look around today, it seems to me that never has a song like this been more needed than at this very moment in time. It feels as though we stand at a crossroads. My deepest hope is that this song does some small part to sow seeds of peace, to give wings to love, to bring light into the darkest places, to make other ways of being in this world seem possible."
"I actually wrote 'Sweet, Peaceful World' a couple of months after 9/11. It was my way of dealing with many of the hopeless feelings I was having at the time about the human race and its future. It was clear to me after I finished 'Sweet, Peaceful World' that I had just written one of my best songs. Now, it has an eerie timeliness to it; my country is just beginning what could be an endless series of questionable wars and I worry about the consequences it will have for all of humanity. What I really love about 'Sweet, Peaceful World' is that it doesn't necessarily take sides and it is really a love song -- a love song that can be sung for one person, or for the whole, entire world."
"This new version of 'The Cruel War' ... is a prayer and a reminder of what war is, and how it tears apart not just lovers, but whole lives, cities, and countries. It is a song for our time, because now is the time to speak and sing out."
--Bethany Yarrow (daughter of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary)
"Noticing a variety of sonic responses to our current situation in the world, I offer my simple song which is a form of meditation on complex issues; of a leader of the free world elected or not by a small fraction of one country. I call it 'simple.'"
"The title, 'The Patriot,' can be considered ironic from different points of view, or as an unintentional fallacy. For starters there's the patriot missile with plenty of irony all on it's own. Then there's the controversy that expressing opposition to the war, is in some way unpatriotic. My view is contrary. I believe that free expression is the core of our democracy and we (citizens) have a responsibility to express that view. ...So what's this war all about anyway? I want people to think about that."
-- Rick Shallert (Sunscreen are: Bonnie and Jobie Eldridge, Greg and Rick Schallert.)
"I lived in New York for 4 years, and I saw the second tower going down. No question, that was the saddest day in my live. But this war will create more hate, even among pro-American countries, and there are several leaders who will for sure gear up their war equipment, just because of the threat from the USA. About the song, I cannot believe how the media report the war like a baseball game. In the song, you hear applause after grenades and shootings. But at the end is a huge nuclear explosion, and that was it with this planet."
"This is a band made of three guys who have played together for 10 years. Luis Accorsi is from Venezuela so the song has a slightly 'outside' view. Mike Lasek sings along with Luis about the ambiguities that surround both the effect of war and the icons of the war and its historical connotations. An example is how a leader's name is (emphasized): 'BUSH' or 'SADDAM' in the song. But it's sort of a redeeming song in that we should all know that by now in the evolution of mankind peace is always the best solution. But where is the problem? In our nature, and that we can't change."
"It's hard for musicians to know where they stand. We haven't dealt with the threat of war for a long time. Everybody was preoccupied with young girls in stretch dresses. There has to be more to music than that."