“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.'” – Edgar D. Mitchell
At Water’s Edge is finally back on the air, with another challenge episode — and it is challenging indeed. We asked for “Protest” tracks, with no other restrictions. The few entries we got are great.
The Arts are always where change happens…
There is so much good in the world… and so much darkness. These days it seems like the darkness is winning. So what can we as artists do? What we always do — make statements with our art.
Today’s episode of At Water’s Edge will be challenging, and not just because these were challenge tracks — the role of art is to shine a light on ourselves. And today’s music is no exception.
We the Resilient (challenge tracks):
- “May 7, 1970 – Morgantown, WV” – George L. Smyth
May 7, 1970 was the third day of protests against the Vietnam war at West Virginia University. Thousands of students had collected at Grumbein’s Island in front of the student union building and effectively blocked traffic, chanting and giving speeches. The military draft had been reinstated, and fresh in everyone’s mind was the Kent State killings, which had happened just a few days prior. On the wall of the student union building the jocks and frat boys lined up, yelling down at the protesters.
A senior in high school, I wandered down into the protest and started speaking with them. The trial of the Chicago Seven had concluded a few months prior to this and in speaking with one person I found out that I could read part of the trial transcript in Rolling Stone magazine (which was a tabloid at the time). Reading this brought to life the reality of the state of the country and led me to understand that things were not necessarily as they had been portrayed by politicians.
On this third day the police arrived in full force, dressed in riot gear and brandishing axe handles. Tear gas canisters eventually dispersed the crowd, but my life had been changed, I was no longer allowed to be innocent. Protest should be more than chanting “Hurray for our side,” it should be about discussion and conversion.
- Assigned Incorrectly at Birth – Skoddie
- An Open Letter… – ʞu¡0ɹʞS
- As You LIKE It – Gypsy Witch
- What The Hell – Coaxman
Collect for Peace – Daniel Robert Lahey and Rebekkah Hilgraves – For Our Children (2013)
What We Left Behind – Robert Rich – What We Left Behind (2016)
Earth Lament April 2015 – Annemarie Borg – This Music Plants Trees (2015)
Temples of Gaia – Kevin Lyons –This Music Plants Trees (2015)
Only One Earth To Destroy – Altus – Only One Earth To Destroy (2007)
Contemplation of One’s Place in the World – Sensitive Chaos – Live Unreleased (2010)
The ghosts of Chernobyl eternally wandering the dead city of Pripyat – Scott Lawlor –This Music Plants Trees (2015)