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Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Last year, Neil Young has posted A MESSAGE TO SONGWRITERS - PROJECT AMPLIFY: The Song For The Children along with the lyrics to his song "I Am A Child".

The ask:
A unique song to amplify the voices of the children that utilizes their accounts from their detention in the United States by the Federal Government through Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol.

We believe that music is universal and the best manner in which these accounts can be shared and heard throughout the world. We also believe that the songs will keep the accounts and atrocities being perpetrated against these children in the minds of the public and will be a call to take action. This can further prevent the harm and trauma that has been caused to children and their families. It is safety and a home that people are seeking for themselves and for their children. It is illegal what the US is doing to these children and their families and there is no end in sight.
And here's the answer back from the ask from Joshua Kirch on A MESSAGE TO SONGWRITERS - PROJECT AMPLIFY: The Song For The Children:
After reading this article, I chose to do just that.

My wife and I created a full album of the stories of detained children, and have chosen, per Project Amplify, to donate this to The Young Center.

Here is a press release and the appropriate links:

Local residents and members of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, Joshua Kirch and Elisa Abatsis, have released a powerful new album, The Icebox and the Doghouse.

The album is a humanitarian effort to raise funds for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and tells stories of detained immigrant children in their own words. The children’s stories are read by the couple over instrumental music composed by Kirch.

“The basic idea of the album is to give voice to the statements provided by children and young adult detainees at the ICE holding centers at the border. These stories came from, an organization devoted to putting these stories out into the public,” stated the artist.

“The music is very eclectic, a combination of ambient music, as well as some influences of electro, classical, pop, and rock elements. The vocals are entirely spoken, as we wanted the stories to be verbatim words and remain unedited in the recording,” Joshua continued.

The Icebox and the Doghouse is available for download at Links to the digital album may also be found on the Unitarian Church of Hudson and Marlborough’s website,

All proceeds from the album are donated to the Young Center for Child Immigrants, who provide child advocates for the detained immigrant children. More information about the non-profit organization is available at
Project Amplify is a 501c3 registered in the state of Washington and is fiscally sponsored by the non- profit, Lawyer Moms of America.

For further information, please contact:
Mary Ellen Carroll and Warren Binford

While we here at Thrasher's Wheat aren't songwriters per se, we'll post the song lyrics of "Children of Destiny" by Neil Young.

"Children of Destiny" by Neil Young
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A comment by Ian on Neil Young's song "Children of Destiny":
When "Children of Destiny" came out in summer 2017, it captured the zeitgeist of the moment powerfully, much like the entire "Peace Trail" album the year before. To be able to reproduce a cultural pulse in song (or any art form) is a potent gift.

Official Music Video by Neil Young + Promise of the Real of "Children of Destiny"

Also, see "Children of Destiny": Some Commentary on Neil Young's 2017 Song. i am a child ... you are a child ... we are all children of destiny ...

be the wheat, field.

But really, the bottom line -- and The Really Big Secret (shhh) -- is that it's all about The Kids ... The Bridge Kids. Seriously.

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At 5/23/2020 01:14:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

There is enough food for everyone, there is enough medicine for everyone, there is enough shelter for everyone, there is enough money for everyone, and there is enough love for everyone.

Then why are people still suffering?

Too much power, greed and hatred to care. Too much ego, envy, and jealousy to care. Too much hypocrisy, distrust, and brainwashing to care.

Yet there are enough of us who do care, there are enough of us to make a difference, there are enough of us who want to do the right thing, there are enough of us who are doing all we can to help.

Then why aren’t things getting better?

At 5/23/2020 02:30:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says, "Don't you see?
Gotta make it somehow on the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up, you got an empty cup
That only love can fill, only love can fill"

Robert Hunter

At 5/24/2020 10:53:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Good questions. Thanks Dan.

as we are wont -- at times -- all the answers are right there in Greendale.

so glad to see folks like Joshua Kirch & Elisa Abatsis trying to make a difference.

Support: "The Icebox and the Doghouse"

"You can make a difference if you really [listen &] try."


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