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26 February 2022

 

The world has changed a lot since the last time I posted just one week ago. Or has it? For most people, not much has changed beyond their news diet. I include myself in that. Of course, everything that is happening in Ukraine right now will have a knock on effect and implications for the rest of Europe, potentially globally.


I have written and deleted lots of writing this evening. From the damage done by the ruling classes serving their own self interest and that of big business to the futility of borders, nationalism and "patriotism". The fact that the average person, regardless of nationality, race or religion are pawns within this system and are ultimately the ones who suffer and pay the price, not those in their ivory towers. I end up deleting what I write because I end up feeling like I get lost in a senseless ramble that is ultimately futile. All I really want is for there to be a better future for the planet and for humans to get a grip - we're making a complete mess of everything and for me it feels like the only way to sort it is to start understanding we're not that special and no one person is particularly different from the next. We've got to get to grips with the issues that are harming everything around us, and until we stop allowing ourselves to be divided by the political classes and big business, there is no way out of this cycle of destruction, violence, inequality etc.


Again, I read back that last paragraph and my first instinct is to delete it. Not because I don't believe it, or feel it, but because it feels inadequate and it is. I really wish my brain would give me a clarity of thinking that would lead me to being able to not only express myself better but also to do more and be able help  somehow to bring about a better way, or help provide some relief to people who are on the sharp end of events, not just in Ukraine currently, but wherever people are being let down by their fellow human beings. As difficult as I find these thoughts and as difficult as I find it to process the senselessness of these situations I speak of or we hear about or see through the media, I can't help but think how far removed it is from the people who find themselves in the midst of the violence, extreme poverty or environmental destruction being foisted upon them by others and how they must feel, how detached from humanity and caring and kindness those people will be feeling. I genuinely despise so many aspects of "humanity" but my wishing isn't going to change anything.


I'm very self conscious of my own shortcomings and at this moment can only aim to make contributions via the avenues that are immediately available to me and work towards improving myself to be in a better position going forward to help with the challenge of forging a better future for myself but also on a wider level. I do feel very overwhelmed by negative thinking, it's very hard not to with all that is wrong in the world and feeling unable to affect  positive change. 

 

I'll carry on with my "year of music" and hope to raise some funds for Sue Ryder who do great work for people with severe neurological conditions. You can find out more about them [here] and you can find my Justgiving page in aid of Sue Ryder [here].

 

In relation to the current events, and in keeping with the music aspect of this small corner of the internet, I'd like to encourage you to support the following music labels. The first is Hidden Vibes who are a small label based in Ukraine whose music I've featured in several mixes. I am sure they would welcome any support by means of buying their output.


Secondly, a UK based label that I have really loved in recent years, and a label that has directed their proceeds to charities even before current events unfolded. Preserved Sound are donating all proceeds from digital sales to those who are being impacted by the aggressive advances of Putin in Ukraine. It's a great label with wonderful music helping a worthy cause. Buy their discography and make a difference.

 

If anyone knows of similar efforts from labels please let me know and I'd be happy to share.


Onto the music for this week. It's a selection rather than a mix. The cover is a peace lily which I've overlayed with the Ukrainian flag. There's a fairly obvious theme. As usual, I will try and provide legitimate and legal links for you to buy the music to support the artists although many of these will need to be Discogs links due to being unable to find other sources.

 

Apologies for what I think has turned into a long winded ramble, I hope you understand.

 



Tracklist

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - Peace Go With You Brother (As-Salaam-Alaikum)

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - For What It's Worth (dL Edit)

Curtis Mayfield - Right On For The Darkness

Charles Bradley - The World (Is Going Up In Flames)

Billy Paul - Peace Holy Peace

Lesley Duncan - Mr Rubin

John & Jehn - Fear, Fear, Fear

Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers

Merry Clayton - Gimme Shelter

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Kiss The Sky

The Undisputed Truth - What's Going On?

Tony Allen - Don't Fight

Timmy Thomas- Why Can't We Live Together (Appo's Balearic Edit)

Frozen Pension - Three Cheers For Fear

Unforscene - The Intro (Waiting For The Rain)

Unforscene - The World Is...

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - Peace Go With You Brother (Wa-Alaikum-Salaam)

Bill Evens - Peace Piece



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