Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Tide - Protest Song About Jobs, Civil Rights and...Justice For All!!

Much has been said in the media recently about, "The Arab Spring". I have been following events in North Africa and the Middle-East with much hope, concern and some horror at the price brave citizens have had to pay in order to address the unendurable realities of oppression.

I have watched in awe as wave after wave of citizens took to the streets, armed only with determination and courage in the face of great odds. Citizens fresh from prayers, and with much to lose. Understandably, I find myself muttering under my breath, "God, please hear them. Please keep them safe."

But SHOTS ring out anyway.

I pace my apartment trying to press the images from my eyes, but know that I can't because that would be to ignore the sacrifice I just witnessed. A sacrifice caught on film and offered to the world as witness to an endless struggle. The struggle to make "The Rich" understand that power, control and oppression - through military or economic means, has its consequences.

Citizens are rising up around the globe taking on issues such as corporate maleficence, market fraud, living wages, workers' rights, gender equality and the right to live in a free and open society.

And I think:

"We're so close. We're so close to all of us coming all of us being on the same lifting our voices as One as we realize that, "Hey, we're all in this together."

So, I wrote a song called..."The Tide".

It is a protest song. A song of peaceful revolution and empowerment. A song about the growing global movement of citizen awareness and an emerging solidarity. A song that I hope will, in some small way, help to grow "The Arab Spring" into a "Global Tide".