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PMN "Songs for Our Time" (Online Song Swap)

  • 08/24/2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • On Zoom and YouTube Live


  • Requires code.
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This is a chance for PMN members from all over the world to share songs of Freedom and Struggle in a fun, inclusive, supportive, and collaborative online setting!

How to Participate

Members of the People's Music Network, especially new members, and invited artists may sign up to share a song or a poem during this event OR be part of the audience.  Just press the "Register" button on the left side of the web page.  Registered performers and audience members receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link immediately after they register.  Registering as a performer does not automatically mean you'll be included in the final performance line up, but it is the first step (See below, "How we Select the Performers").  We encourage live performance, but you may submit a pre-recorded video when you register to substitute for a live performance.  Members sharing videos first give a live introduction.

Free Livestream


Thursday, August 24, 7-9pm (ET) / 4-6pm (PT)

*** Right after the show ends, the archive of the livestream will be available at this same link.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 22, at 11:59 PM (ET)

The order of performance will be released the day after the registration deadline.  You may register for this event after the deadline, and you'll be added to the wait list.

The Topic

In this livestreamed video conference event, members of the People's Music Network are invited to share poetry and songs of Freedom and Struggle that speak to the struggles of our times: people fighting for a better world, free from war, poverty, racism, and all forms of oppression.  We gather strength and courage from songs that nourish our spirits, and that help us make sense of the events unfolding before us, and sustain the dream of a better future where people can live in dignity.

LYRICS:  Read lyrics submitted by performers listed below: https://bit.ly/2023-08-24-Lyrics


1. 7.06 PM (ET) - Eric Law  "Longing To Be Born" www.erichflaw.hearnow.com/
2. 7.12 PM (ET) - Jamie Anderson  "Marry Me" www.jamieanderson.com
3. 7.18 PM (ET) - Simon James  "Existe los Regalos" www.linktr.ee/simonpurchasejames
4. 7.24 PM (ET) - Bonnie Lockhart  "Climate Jobs" www.bonnielockhart.com/
5. 7.30 PM (ET) - Gary Kanter  "We Marched Down This Road Before" www.garykanter.com
6. 7.36 PM (ET) - Lion Tristan   "Dread Inna Amazon"
7. 7.42 PM (ET) - Steve Siegelbaum  "Long Time Coming"
8. 7.48 PM (ET) - Richard P. Kline   "Tribute"
9. 7.54 PM (ET) - Joel Landy  "You Can Get It If You Really Want" www.singfreedom.org/songs-of-freedom/
10. 8.00 PM (ET) - Lawrence Moore  "The Age of the Dinosaur"
11. 8.06 PM (ET) - Joseph Oulahan  "When We Stand Together"
12. 8.12 PM (ET) - Louise Hetzler  "Canaries in the Mine" www.louiseina.hearnow.com
13. 8.18 PM (ET) - Ryc Powers Ward   "Song of the Earth" www.rycward.com
14. 8.24 PM (ET) - Jenny Amanda Hurwitz  "Eliot Ness, The IRS, Donald Trump & Fani Willis"
15. 8.30 PM (ET) - Marc Hecker  "No Way to Stop It"
16. 8.36 PM (ET) - Jason Baker  "If We Can Keep It"
18. 8.48 PM (ET) - Michael & Nell   "TBD" www.michaelandnell.com
19. 8.54 PM (ET) - Ben Grosscup  "Eight Billionaires" www.youtube.com/c/BenGrosscup

Eligibility to Perform:

Performers in this swap must:

1)   Be invited artists and/or PMN members in good standing.* 

2)   Register using the online form.

3)   Have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

* If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

How we Select the Performers

We give priority to new PMN members as well as PMN members who are new or relatively new to our series of online song and poetry swaps.  Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performer list, however, is not first-come first-served.  PMN hosts song sharing events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

Technical Orientation Session: 45 minutes before showtime @6:15pm (ET) /  3:15pm (PT).

Selected performers receive an e-mail invitation to a technical orientation session at the time listed above by the morning of the same day.  We discuss and practice how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom.  Each performer will have a chance to sing a verse of a song and then receive feedback on ways to improve the audio quality.  Artists new to Zoom are strongly encouraged to attend the tech run through, because doing so will build your confidence in using these tools.  The audio quality that listeners hear of your live performance depends on the equipment you have and how you use it.  Check out this great resource for performers wanting to get their best audio quality when playing on Zoom.  It comes from our friends at Folk Alliance Region Midwest: https://www.farmfolk.org/zoom-performer-toolbox/

Help Publicize!

Encourage your friends to tune into this online musical event for progressive culture:  Share the event on Facebook!!   https://www.facebook.com/events/154298590966727

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