EVERYDAY PEOPLE :)

Hello EC music lovers!!

I love to listening to music while I'm working and I feel lucky for that!. So, I was doing my stuff and listening to my muse Joan Jett (yes, I have a very punk side too!) when she starts playing this song ("Everyday People") and makes me stop what I'm doing to dance and sing along out loud! :D

Immediately, I felt like I had to come here to share it too, because I think it worth to spread its great message! ^_^

"Everyday people" was very popular in America, in a time where the African-American Civil Rights Movement was at its very peak* (the end of the '60's)

"Sometimes I'm right, and I can be wrong,
my own beliefs are in my song.
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then,
makes no difference what group I'm in.
I am everyday people"

The song pleas for peace and equality between differing races and social groups.

"There is a yellow one
That won't accept the black one
That won't accept the red one
That won't accept the white one
Different strokes
For different folks
And so on and so on..."

(btw, the line "different strokes for different folks"* became a popular catchphrase* because of this song)

Unfortunately, messages like this keep being very necessary nowadays, because it seems that still some things remain the same... So we all should remind this every day.

"I am no better and neither are you,
we are the same, whatever we do"

Here is the great cover that I was listening to, performed by the awesome Joan Jett. You can read the lyrics and sing along! ^_^


And here is part of the original song, by the American band Sly & the Family Stone. Here, the leader of the band, Sly Stone, says some beautiful words before playing the music:

"Don't hate the black, don't hate the white. if you get beaten, just hate the beat".


Thanks for reading.


Glossary:

*At its peak: In the most important point/moment.

*Different strokes for different folks:  Different people like different things. Different people live in different ways.

*Catchphrase: Repeated phrase, slogan, motto.

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  • Estanis ! Thanks for your comment!

    About the dancing thing... You can see this animated gif instead:

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    Believe me, this is better than my 'performances' :D

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  • It has a really beautiful message. Luckily society has improved in it since it was first sung.

    Btw Mary, please next time you stop working listening the song to dance and sing it out loud, record it for sharing too. It can be also interesting to watch lol...
  • uhm 80 views are a lot? I've no clue! :D

    Anyway, I'm a very demanding curious cat. I like to know people's opinion! :)



    Jeffrey Raven said:

    Hi Mary,

    Not so lame and lonely if you think about it. Up to this point, your post has had 80 views so that's something!

    Jeffrey

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  • Elen

    I'm glad you liked the lyrics; that's the most important thing here ^_^

    About the music, the 'funny' thing is that recalls a children's song melody... So that helps you to remember! It's a very cool simple formula :)

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 

    Elen said:

    Dear Mary, I can say that this kind of music is not my style, but I liked the lyrics much. Especially this:

    Different strokes for different folks.

    It has meaning. Thanks for sharing :)

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  • Dear Mary, I can say that this kind of music is not my style, but I liked the lyrics much. Especially this:

    Different strokes for different folks.

    It has meaning. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Hey Mr. Raven!

    Thanks for dropping by! Now my post doesn't look that lame and lonely! :D

    Fortunatelly, there are many popular music bands and singers who add some important messages in their lyrics, and not everything is a 'baby, baby, I love you baby' story (I'm not against it either, since music can be just made as mere entertainment and that's ok too)

    So, thanks for that musical reference! I was listening to that song in youtube... Totally '80's rock style btw! :D


    I know something (but I admit that not much) about the abuse towards australian aboriginal population, and the topic of the song you shared reminded me a very good australian movie I watched some years ago, titled 'Rabbit-Proof Fence', that talks about a 'Stolen Generation' and a 'rabbit proof fence' that is used as a metaphor about the division between Australian aboriginal people and settlers.

    As I said, I don't know much about it, so it's always helpful if a movie or a band/singer talks about topics like that, because it makes some people not to forget about it... or to let them know about it!


    Again, thanks for the comment & song :)



    Jeffrey Raven said:

    Hello Mary,

    A good post!

    In 1987, the Aussie rock band Midnight Oil released 'Diesel and Dust', a critique on Australian racism towards its aboriginal population, whose land was stolen by the British colonial invaders.

    The album leads with the track 'Beds Are Burning.'

    "Out where the river broke
    the bloodwood and the desert oak
    Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
    steam in 45 degrees

    the time has come
    to say fair's fair
    to pay the rent
    to pay our share

    the time has come
    a fact's a fact
    it belongs to them
    let's give it back

    how can we dance while our earth is turning
    how can we dance while our beds are burning

    four wheels scare the cockatoos
    from Kintore East to Yuendumu
    the western desert lives and breathes
    in forty five degrees."

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