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PMN "Songs for Our Time" (Online Song Swap)

  • 02/15/2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • On Zoom and YouTube Live


  • Requires code.
  • If you wish to join PMN, see https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

Registration is closed

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 13, at 11:59 PM (ET)

In this Zoom event, members of the People's Music Network from around the world share songs of Freedom and Struggle in a fun, inclusive, supportive, and collaborative online setting!

How to Participate

Using the button on the left side of this web page, PMN members and invited artists can register to share a song or a poem and/or to be part of the audience for this event. After registering, you receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link. Due to time constraints and a vibrant community of performers keen to participate (400 active PMN members in total), it isn't always possible to include every interested performer in the final line up. In the event that not everyone performs, we'll make a wait list. Most people perform live, but we also welcome pre-recorded videos, immediately preceded by a live introduction.

Free Livestream


Thursday, February 15, 7-9pm (ET) / 4-6pm (PT)

*** Right after the show ends, the archive of the livestream will be available at this same link.

The Topic

Performers are invited to share poetry and songs of Freedom and Struggle that speak to the struggles of our times: people fighting for a better world, free from war, poverty, racism, and all forms of oppression.  We gather strength and courage from songs that nourish our spirits, and that help us make sense of the events unfolding before us, while sustaining the dream of a better future where people can live in dignity.

LYRICS:  https://bit.ly/2024-02-15-Lyrics


1. 7.06 PM (ET) - Barbara Dyskant "What Would It Take"

2. 7.12 PM (ET) - Jason Baker "What Would The Prophets Say" www.jbakervt.com

3. 7.18 PM (ET) - Bett Padgett "Gray October Days" www.bettpadgett.com

4. 7.24 PM (ET) - Steve Suffet "Now the Wheel Has Turned" www.stevesuffet.com

5. 7.30 PM (ET) - Bonnie Lockhart "Rainbow in my Rearview Mirror" www.bonnielockhart.com

6. 7.36 PM (ET) - Clyde Leland "When They Go Low" www.grampasings.com

7. 7.42 PM (ET) - Nell Levin "Moms for Liberty" www.michaelandnell.com

8. 7.48 PM (ET) - Donald Roby "When I'm Gone"

9. 7.54 PM (ET) - Sally Campbell "Black and White by Dsvid Arkin and Earl Robison"

10. 8.00 PM (ET) - Joseph Oulahan "One Step Forward"

11. 8.06 PM (ET) - Stephen Greenberg "Schrödinger's Land" www.youtube.com/channel/UCW1AdO4HhrdnHZ-Pvo0e0kw

12. 8.12 PM (ET) - Louise Hetzler "TBD" www.louiseina.hearnow.com

13. 8.18 PM (ET) - Marc Hecker "Rhymes and Reasons"

14. 8.24 PM (ET) - Liz Taub "Prayer Hands & Blue Hearts" www.Violizzy.com

15. 8.30 PM (ET) - Ryc Ward "TBD"

16. 8.36 PM (ET) - Lydia Adams Davis "Do You Think I'll Go To Heaven By S Brown & L A Davis" www.LydiaAdamsDavis.com

17. 8.42 PM (ET) - Paul Kaplan "We Believe in Peace (Two-verse version)" www.paulkaplanmusic.com

18. 8.48 PM (ET) - William Miller "McKeown and I"

19. 8.54 PM (ET) - Ben Grosscup "Gaza" www.youtube.com/bengrosscup

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 PMN members who are new or relatively new to our series of online song and poetry swaps.  We also give priority to hearing songs by any PMN member who is presenting a song that they brought an earlier version of to our monthly Songwriters Peer Feedback Session: "If I had a Song" (check upcoming dates here).

Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performance 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: 45 minutes before showtime @6:15pm (ET) /  3:15pm (PT).

Performers are invited to a technical orientation session, 45 minutes before showtime, where we discuss and practice how to get the best sound when doing a musical performance on Zoom.  Each performer has a chance to sing a verse of a song and then receive feedback on ways to improve the audio quality.  Artists new to Zoom are strongly encouraged to attend the tech orientation, 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.  Check out this great resource for performers wanting to get their best audio quality when playing on Zoom.  It comes from our friends at Folk Alliance Region Midwest: https://www.farmfolk.org/zoom-performer-toolbox/

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/330838246020717

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