In the words of that memorable intro by the Monty Python crew: “And now, for something completely different,” here’s a composition that’s longer than three to five minutes and definitely not comedic.
Thanks to Emily E. Hogstad, intrepid researcher of women in music, author of the blog Song of the Lark, I was introduced to the late Else Marie Pade, Danish resistance fighter and a pioneer in electronic music.
Hogstad’s research is wonderful stuff.
Pade’s compositions are ear-opening, as well.
The piece I linked to here is a sonic representation of the ever-present creep of tyranny.
This tune is courtesy of the the Thalia Zedek Band, from an album recorded in late 2017 and early 2018 following the 2016 elections
It’s a visceral call to action reminiscent of Patti Smith’s rock and roll.
From the new album by Bad Religion comes the short driving tune taking on the threat to build a wall.
“…the danger’s elemental / it’s chaos from within.”
And, then, there is Kurt Vile and his goofy anarchism. Good luck trying to characterize his music. I chuckled at his wacky protest in this tune.
A group that called itself by repeating a definite article recorded an easy listening, but pithy single in 2001.
“Open your eyes, open your imagination…” The The
“We’ve got a long way to go
Before we get home,”
sings Lucy Dacus in this tune about getting involved.
We’re not gonna…
Tell ’em, Jeff Rosenstock!
This is such a great tune to close an album: It’s called POST.
Macy Gray sings a strong feminist tune:
Let’s go together. Let’s make it better.
Here’s a roaring rendition of the title tune on Superchunk’s 2018 album, a melodic punk yell reflecting our current condition.
Elena Satién recognizes patriarchy in this tune, but be aware of the women in the shadows. Recognize that and the roles they play quietly in a sexist society and there awaits another kind of revolution