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"Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)

  • 12/02/2021
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • On Zoom and YouTube Live


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This is a chance for PMN members from all over the world to share songs of Freedom and Struggle in a fun, inclusive, supportive, and collaborative online setting!

How to Participate

Members of the People's Music Network, especially new members, and invited artists may use the online registration form to sign up to share a song or a poem during this event OR to be part of the audience.  Just press the "Register" button on the left side of the web page.  Registered performers and audience members receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link immediately after they register.  Registering as a performer does not automatically mean you'll be included in the final performance line up, but it is the first step (See below, "How we Select the Performers").  We encourage live performance, but you may submit a pre-recorded video when you register to substitute for a live performance.  Members sharing videos first give a live introduction.  

The content of the online swap will also be livestreamed free of charge via the PMN Facebook Page AND the PMN Youtube Channel.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 30 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

The order of performance will be released the morning after the registration deadline.  You may register for this event after the deadline, and you'll be added to the wait list.

The Topic

In this livestreamed video conference event, members of the People's Music Network are invited to share poetry and songs of Freedom and Struggle that speak to the struggles of people fighting for a better world, free from war, poverty, racism, and all forms of oppression.  In these  dangerous times, we gather strength and courage from songs that nourish our spirits, and that help us make sense of the events unfolding before us, and sustain the dream of a better future where people can live in dignity.

LYRICS:  https://bit.ly/2021-12-02-Lyrics


1. 4.06 PM (ET) - Russ Chandler "Pity the Downtrodden Landlord" www.russchandlermusic.com

2. 4.12 PM (ET) - Mrs A Coleman "Idlers and Skivers"

3. 4.18 PM (ET) - Jan Luby "Not sure yet"

4. 4.24 PM (ET) - David Sands "Billionaires In Space"

5. 4.30 PM (ET) - Diane Battistello "My Skin" www.dianebattistello.com

6. 4.36 PM (ET) - Robert Neustadt "On our Way"

7. 4.42 PM (ET) - Faith Nolan "today" www.faithnolan.org

8. 4.48 PM (ET) - Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor "Sweet Memory" www.daphunkeeprofessor.com/linkinbio

9. 4.54 PM (ET) - Jan Hillegas "Who Will Choose?"

10. 5.00 PM (ET) - Paul Goldman "That Borderline"

11. 5.06 PM (ET) - Harriet Chappel "Poem"

12. 5.12 PM (ET) - John Closs "There But For Fortune" www.johncloss.bandcamp.com

13. 5.18 PM (ET) - Dorothea Newland/Roberts "Fear Does not Breed Respect"

14. 5.24 PM (ET) - Joanna Katzen "Don't ya judge" www.thenewjoanna.wixsite.com/home

15. 5.30 PM (ET) - Mary McCaffrey "Harriet Tubman"

16. 5.36 PM (ET) - William (Bill) Miller "Information is Formation"

17. 5.42 PM (ET) - Mark Bishop Evans "Golden Trees" www.markbishopevans.net

18. 5.48 PM (ET) - Joe Virga "Tender Loving Lies" www.reverbnation.com/joevirga

19. 5.54 PM (ET) - Ben Grosscup "Let's Build A Socialist System" www.youtube.com/c/bengrosscup

20. 6.00 PM (ET) - Tayo Aluko "Petals of Peace from Merseyside (preceded by section of Deep River)"

Eligibility to Perform:

Performers in this swap must:

1)   Be invited artists and/or PMN members in good standing.* 

2)   Register using the online form.

3)   Have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

* If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

How we Select the Performers

We give priority to new PMN members as well as PMN members who are new or relatively new to our series of online song and poetry swaps.  Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performer list, however, is not first-come first-served.  PMN hosts song sharing events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

Technical Orientation Session: Wednesday, December 1, 5:00-6:30 PM

Selected performers will receive an e-mail invitation to a technical orientation session at the time listed above by the morning of the same day.  We will discuss and practice how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom.  Each performer will have a chance to sing a verse of a song and then receive feedback on ways to improve the audio quality.  While perfection is not expected, artists new to Zoom are strongly encouraged to attend the tech run through, because doing so will build your confidence in using these tools.  The audio quality that listeners hear of your live performance depends on the equipment you have and how you use it.  Find tips to improve audio quality here.

Free Livestream



Thursday, December 2, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (ET)

**Past and future Livestreams are available through the PMN Youtube Page:  https://www.youtube.com/c/PeoplesMusicNetwork/videos

Help Publicize!

Encourage your friends to tune into this online musical event for progressive culture:  Share the event on Facebook!!  https://www.facebook.com/events/607804987210802

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