May 16 – “Bread & Roses! – Celebrating Art, Love & Beauty in the Struggle for Peace & Justice”
AL SHLOSHA D’VARIM—Allan E. Naplan; text from Pirkei Avot/Mishnah: “The world is sustained by three things: by truth, by justice, and by peace.”
KUIMBA! —Victor Johnson. The Swahili lyrics say, “Come, let us sing and let music be our guide…sing with joyful heart, sing of peace, sing of love….”
RAIN, RAIN, BEAUTIFUL RAIN—Joseph Shabalala. We call on the rain, the life giver, the dream of abundance and power in nature.
HARRIET TUBMAN—Walter Robinson, arr. John Coates, Jr. This song is about one of our great American heros.
THE DREAMER—Eugene Rodríguez & Jackson Browne. Eugene Rodriguez is a former Santa Cruz resident and UCSC graduate who later founded the Los Centzontles (The Mockingbirds) Cultural Arts Center in San Pablo, CA, teaching and preserving Mexican music and culture for young people. The chorus says, “Where do the dreams go, born of faith and hope? Where there is no road or footprint, just the desires of the heart.”
IQUDE—trad. Zulu, South African. The lyrics say, “The day has dawned, the rooster crows three times, and oh, mother there is no water…”
NO!—Ida Jo, arr. Aileen Vance. Ida Jo is a wonderful singer/songwriter from Madison Wisconsin. We learned this song from watching Sam Mayfield’s documentary film “Wisconsin Rising!”
THE WAY OF PEACE—after Thomas Tallis, arr. Sheldon Curry. Sheldon Curry wrote this while serving as a disaster aid volunteer in the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City. He gives us this quote from Gandhi as a preface to singing: “If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed—but hate these things in yourself, not in another.”
SWILOYINI, MAKHANANA—traditional Tsonga (southern Africa), learned from Sidumo Jacob. This song celebrates the pure joy of just being in the moment.
NO COUNTRY’S LAW—Eileen McGann. Eileen wrote this song to answer the reporter’s questions: “Why are you against globalization? What’s your problem? Why are you protesting?”
BREAD AND ROSES—lyrics: James Oppenheim; music: Mimi Fariña, arr. Earle Peach.
LONESOME TRAVELLER—Lee Hays, arr. Robert de Cormier. Lee Hays called this song a “modern spiritual.”
FREEDOM AFTER ‘WHILE—Michael Charles, arr. Bev Grant. This song was written immediately after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is meant to be both a song of mourning and a call to action. Clarinet Soloist: Terrel Eaton