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VIDEO: Social Change Through Song

August 16, 2012 By Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist

The right song at the right time is just what you need to send a message. Altering lyrics to make them your own is part of a long American folk tradition.

The Twin Cities Labor Chorus reclaims this tradition by re-working contemporary lyrics and cultural themes into songs from as far back as the American Civil War.

Director Josh Wise says the music is only part of the performance. He also hopes the audience will participate and be inspired to become active in social change.


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  • Bernice Vetsch says:

    August 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I’m forwarding this article/video to a friend who is a member of the Labor Chorus.  Many of the songs they sing are old melodies to which songwriters like Woody Guthrie wrote new lyrics.

    Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others are highly effective educators on the rights of workers and, as such, true American heroes.  And the Labor Chorus is part of the movement to fight back against those on the Right who would make unions disappear if they could.