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Songs of Social significance

The Radical Songbook is guaranteed to entertain and inform you with great songs of social significance by outstanding singer-songwriters.

Episodes

May 2022

The Radical Songbook

May 2022 Playlist

  1. Sing Me a Song with Social Significance/ Rebel Voices/ www.rebelvoices.com

  2. The Wobbly Doxology/ General Strike

  3. Joe Hill/ Earl Robinson/ https://folkways.si.edu/earl-robinson/a-walk-in-the-sun-and-other-songs-and-ballads/american-folk-struggle-protest/music/album/smithsonian

  4. Where the Fraser River Flows/ Michael and Nell/ https://michaelandnell.com/

  5. What We Want/ Michael and Nell/ https://michaelandnell.com/

  6. The Rebel Girl/ Michael and Nell/ https://michaelandnell.com/

  7. The Preacher and the Slave/ Michael and Nell/ https://michaelandnell.com/

  8. The Tramp/ Bucky Halker/ http://www.buckyhalker.com/

  9. Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ya/ Bucky Halker/ http://www.buckyhalker.com/

  10. It’s a Long Way Down to the Soupline/ Bucky Halker/ http://www.buckyhalker.com/

  11. There is Power in aa Union/ Bucky Halker/ http://www.buckyhalker.com/

  12. Joe Hill’s Last Will/ Michael and Nell/ https://michaelandnell.com/

  13. Commonwealth of Toil/ Rebel Voices/ http://www.rebelvoices.com/

The Original Radical Songbook

Woody Guthrie gets covered...

By Odetta, the Klezmatics, the Byrds, Trini Lopez, Ani DiFranco, Swamp Dogg, Las Cafeteras, the Dropkick Murphys, Sarah Lee Guthrie, & more.

https://www.mixcloud.com/MichaelFunke/the-original-radical-songbook_may-2022_woody-gets-covered/

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Stephanie Chou

 

I learned about Stephanie Chou earlier this year when her song “Millennial Woman” made her a finalist in the 2021 Songs for Social Change contest organized by RAWA, the Renaissance Artists and Writers Association.

Stephanie Chou’s music combines classical and Chinese influences with Western jazz and pop to create an entirely original, unique musical world. She is a composer, saxophonist, and singer whose music is all about connecting with the audience and sharing her experience as a Chinese-American growing up in NYC through her music.

“Millennial Woman" is a call to unify women and men around gender-blind equality of opportunity. It celebrates the emergence of women in positions of visibility and influence, despite the visible and invisible deterrents to be overcome. 

Her composition “Comfort Girl” is a musical exploration in song and story of the lives of Chinese “comfort women”—a cruel euphemism for the women who were abducted into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during WWII.

Here’s five minutes from the 2019 world premiere of Comfort Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzvl8DWie68&t=29s

And here’s “Stand By Me” from the 42nd AAPI Heritage Festival in 2021:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5dP6-NOgBU&t=28s

 

Go to http://www.stephaniechoumusic.com/ to learn more and to purchase her music.

"I'm a Friend of the Fetus," Rebel Voices satirical and serious take on the rightwing extremists who want to control women's bodies. Go to https://www.rebelvoices.com/ to find more songs by this great duo.