Monday, February 4, 2008

Music Monday - Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video

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I saw the clip above on the blog of Carol of Northwest Ladybug. It really moved me, on so many levels. Whether or not Obama is your candidate, I think this wonderful brainchild video of of The Black Eyed Peas reflects a deep level of hope for change and healing that this country so needs. Here are the lyrics, taken from Obama's acceptance speech in Iowa:

t was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can.

Celebrities featured include: Jesse Dylan,, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez, Amber Valetta, Eric Balfour, Aisha Tyler, Nicole Scherzinger and Nick Cannon


Korie said...

It's definitely a rousing embodiment of the American ideal and a lot better than what Fergie's been throwing out there!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! And such a powerful and moving message. Thank you for sharing this.

I'm going to go hide my head in shame now for being totally a-political on the day before the big day.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I am sooo nervous about tomorrow!

Flower Child said...

no matter whom you vote for you have to admit that this campaign has produced some pretty impressive videos!

Jen said...

Lilac, I agree that it's rousing. And I don't find too much that rouses me these days.

CG - yeah, I'm just loving this. And you have no cause to hang your head in shame - you're usually way ahead of us on the bandwagon.

NYC - I'm equally nervous. I'll actually be making calls from MI tonight to both CA and NY through a phone campaign

Flower Child - I haven't seen other rousing music videos - please feel free to send them my way.

sterlingwriter said...

Thanks for posting this. It's very inspirational and the message we need to hear.

(Crossing over from SP and a fellow Michigander)

Momisodes said...

Incredible video and message. Thanks so much for sharing this..

Goofball said...

That is a great and inspiring text!

...but then the pragmatic in me pops-up. Allow me to put a side-note to this campaign video by question "how will you change and repair the country". I am sure that every candidate has some vision that he'll improve the country and the world, but I sure don't agree with all of them on their "how".
this text is extremely hopeful and and energizing ...but it needs to be accompagnied with a good pragmatic realistic approach.

Sarkozy in France promised a radical change too...people voted for change and get now disappointed about the content he brings.

by this I do not form any opinion about the content of Obama, as I don't know it well enough to form an opinion. I am just saying the content has to be correct and specific and not only inspiring and hopefull.

soccer mom in denial said...

I'm sitting in a state with a Governor who had the exact type of campaign as BO. And one year into his administration he has been a dissappointment. I can't really write about this on my blog. Inspirational, artistic videos are lovely but voting for president should be more than that.

I'm not fussing at you. I'm fussing at the system.

Jen said...

Sandy and Sterling - I'm glad you liked the video, too!

Goofball - I wouldn't be posting the video if I didn't like Obama's substance on issues. I agree 400% with you - substance is the necessary part of the process.

SMID - And I guess that's what I'm feeling in terms of your response, too. This was just a video created by Will.I.Am - it's not even an official campaign video. There are so many things I like about Obama and his positions. There were also things I really agreed with Kucinich and Edwards on, and I'm sorry they're no longer part of the dialogue. I just hope that we can find real change this time. I think we need it.

And I agree with you 1000% about the system! We so need a different electoral system altogether.

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Anonymous said...

I think the video is fabulous. And those videos are great attention-getting vehicles that may inspire someone - particularly a someone that doesn't feel like their vote would count - to get a little more involved in the political process. Sometimes it takes something powerful and moving like that to stir people to action. I think it is definitely important to ask how will the change happen, but, people have to care enough to ask in the first place.