“Our strategy should be not
only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To
shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our
stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our
ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re
being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will
collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version
of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and
they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only
possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
― Arundhati Roy, War
It is never comfortable to be living in between
the times as we are right now. The old is passing and the new in still on the
horizon. We have no way to fully know how long or how hazardous the transition
will be from here to there. The writer Arundhati Roy gives hope to all who are
currently trying to make a stand for a better way to live. As she admonishes, whether you tell our story in words, in music, in art, in drama or in dance, keep on telling it. Continue to be a voice for our time.
is a video clip of George Harrison encouraging the Smothers Brothers during a
time of political censorship to keep on trying. "Whether you say it or
not, to keep trying to say it." ("That's what's important.")
There is no archetypal image quite like a river. "Moon River," music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, taps in beautifully to that archetype. The song was written in 1960 to be sung by Audrey Hepburn in the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Andy Williams' recording of the song put him on the map as one of the last great crooners. A host of other singers have recorded it.
Here we have the guitar work of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck to help the song sail further on.