Music will unite the world. Serj Tankian’s song for Palestine.
After Eddie Vedder raging against war in one of his concerts a week ago, getting attacks from hundreds of ‘fans’ for this rage and after writing an open letter on his website saying that he won’t stop. Well he didn’t. Here he is covering John Lennon’s Imagine in a Portugal concert 2 days ago and saying: “I think it is the most powerful song ever written. Which is why I have never played it. It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it. If you’d like join me or use your voices or hold a light there might be some people out there that need to know they are not alone.”
If you don’t know who Carl Sagan is please take the time and get his books and watch his series. To me he is not only a brilliant scholar, but one of the very few people in this world who shows you the universe and this world in the right perspective. And right now with all the wars and cruelty happening in this world I feel a need to share these 2 videos from The Sagan Series and I ask you to not only listen to them everyday but spread them around. ( You can find the script below)
A Reassuring Fable
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
– Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
So Eddie Vedder. Ah the Vedder, Keeps giving me more and more reasons to love and respect this one very spectacular musician. After he finished the song ‘Daughter’ in a concert 2 days ago this is what he had to say to the US government and Israel against the war on Gaza ( Speech starts at minute 4):
”No more War
Listen! Hey listen you assholes! No more War.
So what the fuck? What the fuck?? We can have this many people having a peaceful time.
We can have modern technology, we can reach our friends, they know what we’re thinking before we think it, we advertise it, all this in our hands.
But at the same time when something this positive is happening, at the same fucking time not even that far away, we’re fucking dropping bombs on each other. What the fucking fuck?
And again if war is the last resort, if it’s coming to you I get it I get it you don’t wanna be in that situation. But I swear to God there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill.
They are looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them and they should get the fuck out!! And mind their fucking business!
We all want the exact god damn thing!! Live our lives..Eat..Procreate..Draw a painting..Make some art..Listen to music..Fuck some more..Have another baby! Eat.. work.. eat.. work.. Love..Love..Love. Everyone is the fucking same.
So why are people at war? Stop the fucking shit NOW! NOW! NOW!
We don’t wanna give our money!
They don’t get our taxes to drop bombs on children!!!”
He then started singing War what is it good for and begging the war to stop.
What? A London-based indie/alternative band formed in 2006 by Swedish musician Simon Balthazar. They fuse elements using eclectic instrumentation including trumpet, violin, mandolin, musical saw, clarinet and saxophone.
Genre? Space Rock, Space Opera, Post-punk
Sound like? Beirut, The Head and the Heart