Show Notes: Among the musicians I've spoken with, and
whose liner notes I've read, there's a remarkable consensus about
the futility of war and violence. So putting together a show on
peace was a breeze. And these aren't all lite idealistic pieces;
they get to the heart of the issues that later erupt in violence,
as François Mauger pointed out in this week's interview.
We ended the show with Yale Strom's funky "Ten Plagues,"
which outlines some of the woes facing society. Some of them are
ancient, others -- like "Ashcroftism" -- are new. Listen
to this music, then go out and spread peace instead of fear, communication
instead of secrecy and suspicion.
# Our cover song of the week was a cover not
of a song, but of a poem. In 1995, Nigerian poet and activist
Ken Saro Wiwa was hanged by the Nigerian government. Vusi Mahlasela,
a main voice of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, set the
poem to music in his song "Voices." The lyrics are:
"They speak of taxes / of oil and power / They speak of honor
/ and pride over tribe / They speak of war / of bows and arrows
/ They speak of tanks / and putrid human flesh / But I sing my
love for Maria."