Category Music

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Hold on, hold on
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

Sara Thomsen: Freedom Song

Oh, blowing wind Where do we begin? Have you any answers now? Can you tell us how? Freedom Song Sara Thomsen Lyrics Oh, blade of grass Can I ask you Where is the road to peace? Tell me, please. Oh, singing bird What are the words To the freedom songs you sing? Oh, how they […]

John Lennon: Imagine

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Like a bridge over troubled water…

Is It for Freedom? by Sara Thomsen

Children of the world, you have the right
To sing and dance, run and play, let your dreams take flight.
As the innocent die, you rulers carry the shame,
And if we stand idly by, we share in the blame.

Art as a Hammer to Shape the World, by Norman Stockwell

“We almost always run into some situations where people aren’t entirely comfortable with some of our songs. They’re very comfortable with others. And we invite the discussion.”

Bob Dylan: Murder Most Foul

Steven Hager  You Tube Murder Most Foul Lyrics Written by Bob Dylan ‘Twas a dark day in Dallas — November ‘63 The day that will live on in infamy President Kennedy was riding high A good day to be living and a good day to die Being led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb […]

Barb Tilsen Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Mother, Grandmother, Organizer

I’m a singer, songwriter, poet, mother, grandmother, auntie, activist and organizer. I have been involved in many organizations. Through them, networks developed and the relationships underlying them endured and grew. It’s those connections that support our ability to sustain activism over time and make change. — Barb Tilsen By Anne Winkler Morey  Minneapolis Interview Project  […]

Ella’s Song: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest, Sweet Honey and the Rock

We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. “Ella’s Song” is still our song. We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. But we who are disgusted, enraged, exhausted might need a moment of comfort today. We might need a mantra for our march, a credo for our confrontations, a song for our solace. And because others […]

Song Around the World: Seeds of Freedom

“Be Ready.” “Last chance to Save Humanity”

United | Playing For Change | Song Around the World

Some inspiring music for the weekend.

Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ with poetry by Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

Spookingly timely the day after the illegal bombing of Syria.

Buffy Sainte-Marie | The War Racket (music video)

“The War Racket” tell it like it is. powerful music, powerful visuals.

War and the Environment | No War 2017: Emma’s Revolution Sings (Video)

Emma’s Revolution Sings! Songs of the Resistance

Pete Seeger: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (Video/Audio)

Afghanistan again, North Korea, Ukraine, etc., ad nauseam. End Endless War

Bill Moyers | A Poignant Poem That Encapsulates 2016

Bill Moyers shares “Starting with Black,” which addresses the “urgent political and moral crisis” that we currently face. Bill Moyers. (photo: PBS) By Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company  RSN  December 31, 2016 y friend Jim Haba, a fine poet in his own right, has done more than anyone I know to democratize the popularity […]

Sara Thompsen sings Water is Life in honor of Standing Rock

We, too, can sing in the new day.

Peace All Over the World | Playing for Change

Robert Bradley is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but we filmed this song in Los Angeles in front of a Playing For Change graffiti wall painted by a local artist.

Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream | Pete Seeger (Video)

Last night on the anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, Women Against Military Madness, and other groups with offices at 4200 Cedar in Minneapolis, dedicated a Peace Pole in the front of the building.