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Heavy Voices: Our Voices Carry Weight


In honor of the Women's March on Washington and upcoming Swan Day 2017. I put together a protest song to show feminine strength. I first typed up a rough version of the lyrics last month when I first read about the upcoming Swan Day. I overhauled it and started creating backing tracks yesterday. Today I decided if I wanted to record a vocal demo, I'd better just stick to a piano/voice arrangement for now. I feel happy with it. It's nice to meet a goal and get something done. (And I'm even okay with its imperfections.)

From the Women Arts:

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Be a part of SWAN Day by creating or participating in a local event or online activity that celebrates women artists!

The official date for the Tenth International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 25, 2017, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWANevents is far more important than the exact dates.

This year a protest song writing contest is part of the event, and I hope to have a full demo ready to submit before I leave.

This song is meant to capture that as women we are creators of life (nature), but also creators of culture. (Thank you Barbara Kruger for your work, Untitled, We Won't Play Nature to Your Culture.) We stand up for our opinions; we stand up for our rights to have our own opinions; we stand up for the rights of others to have opinions that may differ from our own; we stand for unity, for compassion, for peace.


Full lyrics:

We are resilient

We are strong

Our hearts and voices

stretch far beyond

defying impossible

becomes our song

We carry the load

And we carry on

because

no one can silence

our heavy voices

our heavy voices

we lift up what weighs us down

we are defiant

with heavy voices

and our only choice is

to speak up and amplify the sound

We are mothers

We are sisters

We can shout out loud

within hushed whispers

we will be heard

across the earth

wherever we march

we tread on sacred dirt

because

no one can silence

our heavy voices

our heavy voices

we lift up what weighs us down

we are defiant

with heavy voices

and our only choice is

to speak up and amplify the sound

we create

we make

futures with our words and our bodies

we see

what we need

to suture the wounds and make it better

no one can silence

our heavy voices

our heavy voices

we lift up what weighs us down

we are defiant

with heavy voices

and our only choice is

and to speak up and amplify the sound

nothing will silence

our heavy voices

our heavy voices

we lift up what weighs us down

we stand united

with heavy voices

and our only choice is

to speak up and amplify the sound

We are resilient

We are strong

Our minds and bodies

stretch far beyond…

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