Welcome to Polyrical.
Polyrical is a podcast of Music and Politics.
It is a soundtrack for the resistance. It is a Topical Solution for the Political Revolution. It is resistance radio.
Political music won't change the world, but it does inform and inspire individuals to act and can sustain and support us while we organize and work to create a better world.
Podcast episodes are HERE.
Some of my recent favorite songs are below.
My goal is to make Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" available to as many students in Arkansas as possible. All funds raised will go towards the purchase and distribution of this book. GoFundMe
I am inspired by Rep. Kim Hendren of Arkansas. Rep. Hendren introduced a bill to ban all writings by Howard Zinn from Arkansas public and charter school curricula.
I am inspired by David Rovics who wrote about this when Mitch Daniels did it in Indiana.
I am inspired by Evan Greer (@evan_greer), who started a petition and tweeted:
I am inspired by Bernie Sanders who, like millions of other Americans, is fighting for what Howard Zinn was fighting for.
Don't burn this book, #Bernthisbook
I am inspired by Howard Zinn who wrote:
“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn
“I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”
― Howard Zinn
When it comes to the poor, no lives matter
They can't fuck with us once we realize we're all on the same side
All the songs that I sing are love songs
but their love is a different kind
There was a time when strangers were welcome here
(Refugee Song) featuring Gregory Porter, Common, Keyon Harrold and Andrea Pizziconi