Saturday, August 21, 2010

Manzanar, the song

I was doing a little nose-to-the-grindstone (heh) research of my music for future music videos when I ran across the song below, Manzanar. I've done a few posts on the title subject, easily accessible from the latest one in February.

I wanted Brainers to hear this song but I wouldn't have dared to put a song about involuntary US government confinement of US citizens onto a video of the absolute freedom of riding a motorcycle. Nope, ain't gonna do that.

What to do, what to do? Go lookin' for it elsewhere, ya lazy old fart. Look for it I did.

Whether you're a liberal thinking in terms of right-wing camps for you, or a wingnut thinking in terms of commie pinko camps for you (the better choice!) doesn't matter - it's been done well within living memory for no better reason than fear and hate. It was wrong then and it's wrong now and it will be wrong forever. Mrs. G grew up with kids born in these places.

I usually say 'enjoy' but that is hardly the word for this. Watch and listen and think. And never forget.

The first one is by Laurie Lewis (wiki) from the CD Wounded Heart of America, a collection of Tom Russell's songs done by him and others which I highly recommend.

Thanks to MrLawliet1989.

And this one:

Public domain footage set to Tom Paxton's version of Tom Russell's song about the Japanese relocation in WWII.

Setting this to public since the copyright owner (of the audio track) seems cool with it.

Thanks to AbnerMull.

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