Tears at a Karaoke Bar

Kirby

I never thought I’d be fighting back tears at a karaoke bar. Musician Bernie Flynn took me to Kirby’s Outback bar in Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia where our friend Jono was coordinating the weekly karaoke session, timed to coincide with the release of government checks given to people in need. The place was packed, mostly with Aboriginal people, who came for beer and to sing a few tunes. At one point an Aboriginal man did karaoke for Midnight Oil’s “How Can We Sleep When Our Beds are Burning.” Everyone in the place (some 200) knew every word. Elder women danced. Everyone sang. “It belongs to them, let’s give it back.”

Midnight Oil, “Beds Are Burning”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejorQVy3m8E

John Seed and Dana at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Dana & John Seed

Dana & John Seed

With John Seed at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia discussing The Chikukwa Project, one of the most successful permaculture projects in Zimbabwe which brought 7,000 people from hunger to abundance, and the efforts to stop a giant dam in the rain forests of Cambodia.

20-minute trailer for a longer 50-minute film called THE CHIKUKWA PROJECT:  http://vimeo.com/33761246

Dana and John are doing a fundraiser for this project in Sydney on July 6th. http://cowswithguns.com/shows/benefit-concert-with-john-seed/

Chinese planning to build a dam that would flood the heart of the rainforest in the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia. You can read about the issue here: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013020861238/National/last-days-of-a-valley-damned.html

Singing “Cows With Guns” to the Washington State Legislature

Dana with old friend, environmental leader, and now, State Representative Gerry Pollet.

My old friend and outstanding environmental leader Gerry Pollet was recently appointed to the Washington State Legislature. On his third day in the capitol, he overheard the chair of the Ways and Means Committee singing “Cows With Guns” as he was walking down the hall.

Gerry asked him how he knew the song and the chairman explained that “Cows With Guns” had become one of the theme songs for the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives. At the end of every session when things were getting intense, they would sing “Cows With Guns.”

So Gerry invited me to go to Olympia and sing the tune for the house Democrats. Continue reading