Sunday, May 11, 2008

SoNG: Scheming

From Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp - author(s) unknown
PeHP Source: WEFPJ songsheets 1985; Average Dyke Band Dorm Room Recording, 1985

"Helen taught us this song in the summer of 1985. She had learned it a year earlier after spending time in England at the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. It became one of our favorite ADB* songs." - Hershe

* The Average Dyke Band (ADB) sprang up at the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace & Justice in the summer of 1985.  The theory they put into action was that songs, singing, and musical instrumentation were not the domain of an exclusive, talented few. They had found that far too many of their sisters fell silent musically because somewhere along the way they were told they didn't have a good voice, couldn't carry a tune, couldn't keep a beat. The ADB, then, was the musical counterpart to WEFPJ's consensus process philosophy and practice - every woman's voice would be heard. They were inclusive, they were average, and they had a damn good time.

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