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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

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Army Dreamers

Since digging up my Hazel O’ Connor songs from ye olde dayes, I have been going over songs from the early 80’s that meant something to me. Kate Bush kept me awake at nights, not just because I was a naturally, testosterone-directed teenager, and she was, well kinda perfect. I was also driven by political music as well.

When I read through the lyrics from Army Dreamers, I was struck at how relevant they are today, a sad indictment of how far we really haven’t come. Where are the Kate Bush’s of today?

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/.

Breaking Glass

A few days ago, I shared my experiences from the late ’70’s and early 80’s growing up in London. It was a time of political tension and fear. A Nazi party was emerging and making headway in local elections.

As often happens during such times of turmoil,  a strong culture emerged that reflected the energy of the time. One of my strongest connections to this period of my life is the Breaking Glass movie and soundtrack, the latter sung by Hazel O’Connor (pictured above). It is an album that, though born out of a specific period of time, has remained sadly relevant to this day.

Check out the power of this song:

Breaking Glass remains a timeless album nonetheless. Thirty years on, this ever-romantic even chose a track from the album to dedicate to his better half on Valentines Day.

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com

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