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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BEAT A DRUM, NOT A WOMAN !!

BEAT A DRUM, 
NOT A WOMAN !!

This is a rose...

And this is... 
                  My Word-Rose for the Victims...

                                                                                    ABUSE                                                                                                                            GENITAL-MUTILATION                                                                                                               DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE                                                                                                                                   RAPE                                                                                                                                                    -                                                                                                                                                      V                                                                                                                                                 CRIME                                                                                                                                                 O                                                                                                                                                       L                                                                                                                                           MURDER                                                                                                                                                  N                                                                                                                                                      C                                                                                                                                                        E  
                                               *****

Pay attention to the previous picture:

*Can you find the words that paint a picture 
about the different types of violence against women?

*Do you notice the stem (vertical line) of the Word-Rose?


As you all know, Domestic Violence isn't the most glamorous subject for songs, but it is an important one. After all, MUSIC isn't just for entertainment. It also has the ability to deal with social topics and provide some light on vital issues.

The United Nations designates November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other different forms of violence. 

To make students aware of this problem and to contribute to transmit the message of STOPPING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, we have selected 5 songs by different singers/bands, of different music styles and with different approaches to this topic.

I hope you like this post and be aware of this problem.
 Let's say together ...

STOP V.A.W. !!
STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN !!



Activity 1.- 
Matching Photos and Singer/Bands

PHOTOS

a)

b) 

c)

d) 

e) 


SINGERS/BANDS:
1. Christina Aguilera
2. The Beatles
3. Tracy Chapman
4. Eminem & Rihanna
5. Janet Jackson


Activity 2.- 
Matching the titles of the songs and Singer/Bands:


SINGERS/BANDS:
1. Christina Aguilera
2. The Beatles
3. Tracy Chapman
4. Eminem & Rihanna
5. Janet Jackson

SONGS:
A. "BEHIND THE WALL"
B.  "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE"
C.  "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"
D. "I'M OK"
E. "WHAT ABOUT"

Activity 3.- 
Matching the titles of the songs and their Chorus:

SONGS:
A. "BEHIND THE WALL"
B.  "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE"
C.  "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"
D.  "I'M OK"
E.  "WHAT ABOUT"

CHORUS:

1....
Last night I heard the screaming 
Loud voices behind the wall 
Another sleepless night for me
It won't do no good to call 
The police always come late 
If they come at all  (...)

2....
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright, because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that's alright, because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie  (...)

3....
I'd rather see you dead, little girl,
Than to be with another man  (...)

4....
Once upon a time there was a girl
In her early years she had to learn
How to grow up living in a war that she called home
Never know just where to turn for shelter from the storm  (...)

5....
What about the times you lied to me
What about the times you said no one would want me
What about all the shit you've done to me  (...)

Now, Watch the videos, listen to the songs and enjoy the MUSIC...


"BEHIND THE WALL"




                                                           "LOVE THE WAY  YOU LIE" 




"RUN FOR YOUR LIFE"



         "I'M OK"



                                                                                                                       "WHAT ABOUT"




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SELF-CORRECTION.-
You can check the lyrics of the previous songs, having a look at the following links:
A. "BEHIND THE WALL" (See LYRICS)
B.  "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE" (See LYRICS)
C.  "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE" (See LYRICS)
D.  "I'M OK"  (See LYRICS)
E.  "WHAT ABOUT"  (See LYRICS)

                                                                               ***


Just to finish, 
Remember the red rose from the beginning and don't forget My Word-Rose.
Take care of the flower and hold its stem (Stop Violence Against Women)  
as strong as you can. And not only on this date (25th November)... 
but every day in your life !!
  
                                                                              ***


FURTHER MUSIC 
RELATED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
You can find a list of songs about Violence Against Women 
on the following LINK.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Leonard Cohen

Leonard danced LIFE

                                                                                                                                      Photo by EUROPAPRESS

Have you ever heard the song
"Dance Me to the End of Love"?




"Dance Me to the End of Love"
is a 1984 song by Leonard Cohen.

After listening to it, ...
Do you think it is a love song?

Probably your answer is ... YES.

However, 
let me tell you that originally it is NOT a love song!!

Do you know the real origin of this song?

Although it is considered as a LOVE SONG,
"Dance Me to the End of Love"
was in fact inspired by the HOLOCAUST.

In an interview, Cohen said of this song:

"... it's curious how songs begin because the origin of the song, every song, has a kind of grain or seed that somebody hands you or the world hands you and that's why the process is so mysterious about writing a song. But that came from just hearing or reading or that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical music while their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt. So, that music, "Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin," meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation. But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved, so that the song — it's not important that anybody knows the genesis of it, because if the language comes from that passionate resource, it will be able to embrace all passionate activity." 

LEONARD COHEN


In short, 
Leonard Cohen danced LIFE to the end of love.

As simple or as complicated as that.

Rest in Peace,
 Maestro.

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Further Information.-
You can check the LYRICS of the song 
in both languages (English & Spanish).