The Big Note – 10:00 AM August 2, 2023

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The Big Note #11 Music, Politics and Protest

On the 11th episode of The Big Note we play some protest songs and discuss them a bit. Politics and protest has always been a part of the human condition and so it is only natural that it would intersect with the world of music. Throughout history, political regimes have appropriated musical works for their own purposes, while musicians have expressed their own political views through their work—whether in the lyrics or in the music itself. Music has often been used to express the injustices inherent in cultural racism, prejudice and inequality, whether it be found in society or the organisations that drive and regulate the machinery of society such as the media and law enforcement, it is perhaps no surprise (but non the less sad) that recurring themes across the years are found in many songs of protest and commentary on the contemporaneous society in which the songs are created. This program is dedicated to the memory of Sinéad O’Connor and indeed dedicated to all those who raise their voices, musical instruments, pens, paintbrushes, cameras and so on in pursuit of shining light on the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it might be. Stay healthy, stay positive, stay peaceful but maintain your integrity and truth in your lives. Love and Peace to All!

11:03 am: Protest Song by Jen Cloher from I Am The River, The River Is Me
11:03 am: No Cuts, No Fees, No Corporate Universities by Mat Ward from Why I Protest
11:03 am: Pardon by Kile Tayla (feauring Julian Assange, Stella Assange, John Shipton, Christine Assange, Gabriel Shipton, Catriona Najar & Joseph Biden) from Pardon
11:03 am: 4 Deep In The Suburbs by Kudzai featuring Papi from 4 Deep In The Suburbs
11:03 am: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Herron from Pieces Of A Man
11:03 am: Trouble Every Day by Tumbleweed from Daddy Long Legs
11:03 am: Short Memory by Midnight Oil from 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
11:03 am: Shadowland by Tumbleweed from Shadowland
11:03 am: War by Sinéad O’Connor from Throw Down Your Arms

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