I agree with Jon.
Some days ago I sent a message to this list remembering one moment of the first assembly on Saturday 17th, when someone started singing Journey's "Don't stop believing". I really liked that moment. It was funny and encouraging at the same time.
I believe this song has a strong working class appeal. At the same time, it's really popular. And it is far from being a traditional protest song. Which precisely reinforces a fresh, different political potential.
One really interesting thing that happened in Spain was how people showed an immense creativity in re-appropriating the strategies of mainstream media, advertising, popular songs, etc., and give them a new political meaning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfUYuIVbFg0
Another song I really like for this purpose is Moloko's "The time is now", although I'm not sure it's very popular here in the States. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR9Ke02m_zk
"Come on and join the movement/The time is now" or something like that :)
Just my 2 cents here.
2011/9/29 Jon Good <email@example.com>
My big problems with adopting the trappings of the 60s movement is that 1) the 60s revolution failed, and 2) all the art and cultural things surrounding it has been totally co-opted for the purposes of making money, 3) we already have enough stuff that thematically links us to the 60s and there are plenty of other awesome movements to connect with, and 4) while it's a cultural touchstone for middle-class white folks and is awesome for bridging the gap between generations within that demographic, it looks absolutely ridiculous to everyone outside it.
I like the sentiment of Where is the Love, I think there's just too many lyrics for people to be understood.
Something simple, already popular, and NOT related to the 60s hippie movement will have the potential to be fantastically effective.
On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM, gail zawacki <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Speaking as a granny, I love taking the All We are Saying, Is Give Peace a Chance and changing peace to whatever - Earth? It fun to sing and add clangy music to.
On another note, I heard on NPR this am that there is going to be an investigation of the pepper spray incident and that made me realize, I bet I know what was going on (I was right behind the girls) which is, that cop deliberately sought the one girl out because she was marching for much of the way topless (fortunately she had donned it prior to the incident). He's probably kind of a closet perv. and really nasty man.
I've been thinking rather than chanting, it would be really cool if we could all sing in unison on one of our marches. If people like it we could repeat it. I can make copies at my office so if people want to send me their favorite songs for everyone to sing I could print out some lyric sheets!
Let's also try and break free from the old school protest songs (even though I am including "we shall overcome") and try some new stuff like "where is the love?" by Black Eyed Peas. But don't let that stop you from suggesting those oldies and goodies for me to write down.
The grannies shouldn't be the ones having all the fun!
Peace and Love,