June 11, 2007
They said it could never happen again... But it is happening. Armed conflict in Darfur, Sudan has left between 2 and 400,000 dead, forced more than 2.5 million people from their homes and placed millions of people - in Darfur and the neighboring countries of Chad and Central African Republic - at risk of starvation, disease and further attacks. United Nations officials have called this the world's worst humanitarian disaster today.
Won't you join us in saving lives?
- Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA Executive Director
In case you missed it, as many in our country and world have, or have consciously chosen to ignore it, there is a real disaster going down over in Africa right now. One that should have the entire world up in arms and disgusted and enraged by the atrocities that are taking place. I have been watching the Darfur Crisis for a while now and trying to help where I could by signing petitions, buying armbands and just by being informed about the horrible conflict. Take a look at these numbers:
The Darfur Crisis At-a-Glance
- People who have died as a direct result of the conflict: between 2 and 400,000
- People displaced from Darfur: 2.5 million
- People displaced from Darfur into Chad: 240,000
- Displaced Chadians: some 100,000, with some tens of thousands fleeing into Darfur
- People displaced from the Central African Republic: thousands
- TOTAL at risk: some 4.5 million or 2/3 of the total population of Darfur
If these things were happening in any other country, on any other continent in the world, I wouldn't be sending this email. Action...major league action... would already be in effect. This isn't about weapons of mass destruction, oil, big money interests...this is about HUMANITY. Something must be done to stop it and you can help. Go to www.instantkarma.org to learn more and find out how you, one person, can make a difference and help put an end to the suffering and horror that happens in the public eye every day in Darfur, Sudan. As a human being, you owe it to yourself and your fellow man.
One way you can help is to pick up the new double CD "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur".
"The new global "Make Some Noise" project from Amnesty International, seeks to mobilize millions around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan. It combines the power of John Lennon's music recorded by some of the world's best-known artists, together with cutting-edge forms of instant activism enabled by Internet and mobile technologies." - from the www.instantkarma.org website.
Yoko Ono donated John Lennon's songbook to this project and artists lined up to record Lennon's songs to help put an end to the crisis. I dedicated the first hour of my show this week and my entire syndicated program to the 2CD set in hopes that my listeners would be enlightened a bit and inspired to help.
To be honest with you, I am always a bit leery of covers records. And while I don't love every Lennon remake on these two CDs, hell I abhor a few of them, some of them just kill me.
- Ben Harper "Beautiful Boy" - I knew the second I saw his name next to this song, it would be a keeper. I often sing this song to my two boys as I put them to bed and Harper does it such justice with his lilting voice and earnest presentation. This is a song that Harper could have written himself and an absolute standout on the collection.
- Jack's Mannequin featuring Mick Fleetwood "God" - It's as if Andrew McMahon is channeling John as he builds and builds to the angsty desperation of the song's end. It is easy to believe him as he cries "I don't believe in magic, I don't believe in I-ching, I don't believe in Bible, I don't believe in Tarot, I don't believe in Hitler, I don't believe in Jesus, I don't believe in Kennedy, I don't believe in Buddha, I don't believe in Mantra, I don't believe in Gita, I don't believe in Yoga, I don't believe in Kings, I don't believe in Elvis, I don't believe in Zimmerman, I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me...and that reality". This song is quickly becoming my favorite track on the record.
- Matisyahu "Watching The Wheels" - By far, the best song Matis has ever recorded. This song captures the feeling Lennon had when he recorded it and throws a modern day twist on the production. An absolute treat and easily one of my favorites on the collection.
- Postal Service "Grow Old With Me" - One of the most beautiful songs ever written by Lennon, Ben Gibbard and the gang give it the Postal Service treatment and make it the love song of the new millennium. It will be played at weddings one day in outer space.
- Regina Spektor "Real Love" - I missed the boat on Regina Spektor by my own choice. Something about her music and myself never connected. Oh, I tried, but I just didn't get it. But the way she sings this song, I totally get. It is gut-wrenchingly gorgeous.
Do yourself, and the innocent people being slaughtered, raped, displaced from their homes and other horrible atrocities in Darfur, Sudan, a favor...pick up this CD and go to www.instantkarma.org. .One person can change the world, can make a difference, can help the less fortunate who can't help themselves, can make the world a better place and it's never been easier than it is in today's computer age. Get off your ass, show you have a heart, and help bring an end to the genocide in Darfur.
Week of 6/11/07
|U2 - Instant Karma
|Matisyahu - Watching The Wheels
|Ben Harper - Beautiful Boy
|Postal Service - Grow Old With Me
|Jack's Mannequin featuring Mick Fleetwood - God
|Regina Spektor - Real Love
|Jack Johnson - Imagine
|REM - #9 Dream
|Jakob Dylan featuring Dhani Harrison - Gimme Some Truth
|The Flaming Lips - (Just Like) Starting Over
|Youssou N'Dour - Jealous Guy
|Snow Patrol - Isolation
|Corrine Bailey Rae - I'm Losing You (live)
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