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Through Music and Story Telling: Makana Speaks

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The bidding of the many, not the few

We'll occupy the streets

We'll occupy the courts

We'll occupy the offices of you Till you do

The bidding of the many, not the few

We are the many

You are the few

Song Released 11.11.11 Vocals and Guitar: Makana

Makana's money is where his mouth is. Thus, he performed this song in Hawaii to President Obama, and other "world leaders," for an Asian-Pacific economic summit. What guts! All his albums are published with listener support, not under corporate control.

As I hear Makana sing, I think of psychiatrist and holocaust survivor Eric Fromm, who wrote Escape From Freedom. Yes, it is from freedom that we escape in order to have a sense of safety. Yet, that safety is false. Like cattle on a standardized farm, we are nothing but resources that can be slaughtered at the Masters' bidding at any time...for profit!

But, hey, all we have to do is go to the trough for food! Just like McDonald's beef jerky! Is it freedom that we deny for the sake of the ease of drive-up windows? Then there are those contemplatives such as Daniel Quinn and some Deep Ecologists who argue that our becoming domesticated led to a life of toil. Our ancestors, the hunters and gatherers, it is said, worked an average of four hours per day. Of course we could define storytelling, singing, drumming, chanting, and loose conversation as being labor.

And, singing, dancing and telling stories is labor, in the same sense that a woman labors giving birth. Our creativity, what we produce from within ourselves is our true labor.

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