To give us all a badly-needed lift, Brockers have often quoted the lyrics to familiar songs or have even written their own to go with well-known tunes. I recall a couple of years ago turning up the volume on Trooper’s “Raise a Little Hell” when a Youtube video was posted here! Nobody knows how it works, but music really does do something incredibly wonderful to our hearts.
In tandem with the fellowship I’ve experienced and the support I’ve received from the people on this blog, music has been what has gotten me through the FATCA/CBT minefield without stepping on a bomb. A side-effect of my own “OMG moment” was the discovery of a previously untapped well of creativity that I had not ever explored before. Since 2012 I’ve managed to write a short album’s worth of songs inspired almost entirely by the situation in which we have all found ourselves. There are 11 songs so far with a twelfth in the works.
Most of them are unrecorded as yet. For several personal reasons I have not shared them before, but I would like to offer three of them to you today. They are not “Hi-Fi”. They are raw, un-produced, and unedited, recorded in my living room. They are what they are, including everything I wish could have been better.
“Pay the Piper” (2012) might be called a “blues autobiography”; Out of the Shadows (2013), from my pre-blogging days, is about what it’s like to be in hiding without a voice; Rosa (2014) tells the story of Rosa Parks, our heroine from the civil rights movement. They can be found on the IBS Youtube link thanks to the hard work and generosity of Deckard. My sincere thanks to him and everyone else who made the upload possible! I hope you enjoy listening!
@MuzzledNoMore, perhaps a choral version of one of your songs could go viral like Harperman did?
I see that the Harperman project is now the subject of a documentary, to be shown in Ottawa. A comment in the description below “..We’ve had an election since then, but this policy remains in place, and all of our Freedom of Speech remains impinged. This documentary explores the fascinating and important issues this situation has raised.”.” very much reminds me of the situation with FATCA where the Liberals said one thing before the election https://darrellsamson.liberal.ca/liberal-party-position-on-u-s-foreign-account-tax-compliance-act-fatca/ , but have left the litigation to continue in support of FATCA imposed on Canadians, even though they’ve had a chance to scupper the Cons creation.
“Harperman: A Dissident Serenade” World Premier
Tony’s Turner’s “Harperman” protest song was posted on YouTube on June 22, 2015. Two months later, he was suspended from his job as a federal government scientist pending an investigation into whether his creation of this song breached his employer’s “values and ethics” code. We’ve had an election since then, but this policy remains in place, and all of our Freedom of Speech remains impinged. This documentary explores the fascinating and important issues this situation has raised.”
Monday, 8 February 2016 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM (EST)
Mayfair Theatre – 1074 Bank Street Ottawa, ON K1S 3X3 CA
Advance tickets online $11.99
‘an investigation into whether his creation of this song breached his employer’s “values and ethics” code’
Honesty breaches every government’s “values and ethics” code.
David Bowie – I’m Afraid of Americans