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The 'New Songs for Peace' Project

an article by Jerry Chong

If there is a universal language of peace, it must be music. Our UNESCO-endorsed project is about sharing new songs about peace and thereby, fostering the values and message of peace.

At our web site, we have well over 80 songs of peace to share; in the form of lyrics and MP3 downloads. Here are some of our popular selections:

"For Every Child" by Gertrud & Dirk Schmalenbach
"Island In The Sky" by Joe Stanton
"Jacob's Ladder" by Chumbawamba
"Love" by Larry Edoff
"One Love, One World" by Craymo & Brandon Jarrett
"Say It Out Loud" by Lili McGovern
"Sierra" by Kyle Vincent
"The Bell" by Stephan Smith, Pete Seeger, Ween
"The War Game" by Jay Bullock
"Why Can't Man Make Peace" by Ken Baron

We also encourage songwriters from around the world to submit their work for possible inclusion so that we can have a diverse collection of songs that express love of the environment, humanity, and self-development in the name of peace.

New songs are added constantly and we profile a new artist every month in our "Artist Spotlight" feature. You can also sign up for our newsletter to be notified of new song submissions and new project developments.

Check out our web site and get involved. Submit a peace song or just listen to some wonderful songs that will hopefully inspire you to acts of peace.

DISCUSSION

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What place does music have in the peace movement?,

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LATEST READER COMMENT:

(See below for English translation)

Nuestra investigación sobre la Musicoterapia Comunitaria se ha desarrollando a  partir del inquietud siguiente.

“La violencia social es frecuentemente la expresión de la insatisfacción experimentada por un sector de la población que se ve privado del derecho de formar parte de esa sociedad y cultura del bienestar a la que tienen derecho” (Petrus, A. 1997)

Vivimos en un momento de instabilidad política, económica y social. La violencia y los conflictos son las consecuencias de tal instabilidad.

Desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial, hemos sufridos más de 150 conflictos armados, la mayoría de los cuales se han desarrollados en los países más pobres. A lo largo de esto siglo han muerto más de 110 millones de personas a causa de guerras injustificadas y sin sentido, en que el 90% de las víctimas son civiles, en particular mujeres y niños.

Y a parte de la violencia directa hay otros tipos de violencias cotidianas: una violencia estructural que incluye hambre, analfabetismo, discriminación de las mujeres, racismo, precariedad, etc.

En nuestro mundo nos recuerdan que “si quieres la paz, prepárate para la guerra”.  

Pero, son siempre más las personas que están rebelándose a esta realidad.

El interés en esta área está ligado a una búsqueda constante de encontrar una solución real para resolver tal situación. El mundo necesita de paz y una sociedad más justa. No se debería aceptar y contemplar el dolor y el sufrimiento de personas inocentes, cuando el mundo está gritando desesperadamente su necesitad de paz.

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Our investigations about Community Music Therapy has developed out of the following concerns.

“Social violence is frequently the expression of the dissatisfaction of a sector of the population that is itself deprived of the benefits of that society and its culture of well-being for which they have right” (Petrus, A. 1997)

We live in a time of political, economic and social instability with violence and conflicts as a consequence. . ...more.


This report was posted on October 9, 2003.

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