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The title song, 18 Cows, was written for the creative act of civil disobedience in Beit Sahour, Palestine. The CD relates the survival stories of communities in West TX, Louisiana, North Dakota, Albany, NY, in US streets and in Syria where cash registers ring with the profits of war. As we chuckle our way through Sessions, DeVoss and the A-List, the seriousness of our commitment to resisting illegitimate authority is paramount.
As King wrote from the Birmingham jail, acting on conscience to break an unjust law is expressing the highest respect for law. Ten months in office, Trump bombs the same seven countries Obama was bombed. The trees, the water, the soil and the air from Houston to Bangladesh to Yemen call for a solidarity to stop the killing in its various forms; drones, starvation, toxins, habitat destruction and “mowing the lawn.”
The title song, Ain’t Gonna Pass, was written specifically for communities working to stop the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline that was planned for New Hampshire and Western MA. We stopped that pipeline. However the resistant strains in the song are for all peoples everywhere trying to protect the planet and the life upon it. The trees, the water, the soil, the air, the food and people from Palestine to the streets of Ferguson, NYC and LA call for a solidarity to stop the killing; to stop it in its various forms; drones, starvation, toxins, endocrine disruption, habitat destruction and “mowing the lawn.”
This album is a compilation of songs written several years ago. They are stories, historical accounts of people's lives and events. The cover photo is a 1948 view of the Upstate New York dairy farm where I was born and raised.
We have attained a state of perpetual war, streamlined assassinations, and zero privacy of electronic communication. As Jeremy Scahill says, "The world is a battle ground," and the Obama administration has arrested more people under the 1917 Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined. We are all journalists now, and it is a crime to tell the truth.
This album is a metaphor about the environment, workers' rights, civil rights, endless war and the hijacking of democracy.