Folk Rock For The  99
passionate music for personal & planetary transformation

IT'S ALL CONNECTED: In The Aftermath of Florida School Shooting 

This morning's NY TImes front page showed photos of the young people shot in the latest mass school shooting in a Florida high school. A startling sight that brought back sad memories. I was around their age when Life Magazine printed the photos of 200 young Americans, mostly kids, drafted fresh out of high school, who were killed in just ONE WEEK of fighting the Vietnam War. In his famous speech against the war on April 4, 1967 Martin Luther King called our country "the greatest purveyer of violence in the…

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CD Baby or Amazon? 

 

I just called the one CD/Record store left in my section of the state and asked if they carried the new release of an award-winning celebrated folk artist named Antje Duvekot I just discovered... They said no and that the only way to get the CD was to order it from AMAZON or CD Baby. 

I'm thankful for CDBaby ... just ordered the CD from them. They support independent artists who are often hanging by a thread. 

Where have all the CD and Book stores gone? ... Gone to Amazon? 

Please support small,…

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The Power of Music 

We women have a lot of work ahead of us . . . 

but let us not forget that, whatever our chosen endeavor 
on the frontiers of change, 
music is a force that augments all of our efforts. 
Whether we are grassroots organizers, candidates for office, 
or participating in civil disobedience . . . 
when we connect with the power of song, 
we may discover a renewed sense of power 
residing deep within  ourselves. 
Music expands our vision and our reach. 
When we sing we no longer feel alone. 
I don't pretend to fully…

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Calling All Artists 

Calling All Artists 

Surely we can find a better way to live in this world . . . 
Endless war and ravenous greed are symptoms of a disease. 
Through comedy, music, journalism, poetry, film, conversation, 
we can transcend boundaries . . . 
we can fly over and through the lies and insanity . . . 
we can help ourselves and others see beyond these cages . . . 
we can show the way to recreate another reality . . . 
the way to peace. 

-Shar 
10-18-17 

"Oh the winds are laughing... they laugh with all their might!" 

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Sharleen & The Cactus Flowers

Sharleen & The Cactus Flowers

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Eight songs of passion and power
for a new world built on justice
instead of on greed.
WATCH VIDEO

WATCH VIDEO

SAY NO TO WAR!
Sharleen Leahey, Diane Doolittle and Linda Phillips performed at the First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway in memory of the those who perished in the 1945 atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In attendance at the event sponsored by NJ Peace Action and other peace groups, were over 70 people including over 20 youths from the Islamic Center of Morris County (ICMC) and the Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center (JMIC) in Boonton.

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SAY NO TO WAR! Sharleen Leahey, Diane Doolittle and Linda Phillips performed at the First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway in memory of the those who perished in the 1945 atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In attendance at the event sponsored by NJ Peace Action and other peace groups, were over 70 people including over 20 youths from the Islamic Center of Morris County (ICMC) and the Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center (JMIC) in Boonton.

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Songs are seeds . . . spread them widely . . .. you never where they're gonna take root. 
–Pete Seeger
Pete seeger quote for s4p2
For our nation to learn to live in peace . . . 
Woman's song must be sung . . . 
Woman's song must be heard!

For our nation to learn to live in peace . . . Woman's song must be sung . . . Woman's song must be heard!

THE HERSTORIANS
(l-r): Sharleen, Lydia Adams Davis & Pat Lamanna

THE HERSTORIANS (l-r): Sharleen, Lydia Adams Davis & Pat Lamanna

Oh What A Wonder!

PETE SEEGER
May 3, 1919 - January 27, 2014
 
Pete and I co-edited songs4peace magazine from 1994 to 1999.
I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work with him.
I'll never forget one afternoon when I met him at a Peoples Music Network gathering after publishing his
"Rainbow Race"  in a new issue of the magazine. He looked me in the eye and said with a smile, "thanks for sharing my song!"
And he meant it.

 
Sharleen & Linda (back) performing with Pete Seeger at the  Clearwater Sloop Club Pumpkin Festival, Beacon, NY – October 2012 . . . our last time together.

Sharleen & Linda (back) performing with Pete Seeger at the Clearwater Sloop Club Pumpkin Festival, Beacon, NY – October 2012 . . . our last time together.

(left to right, rear): Don Smith, on banjo; Don's son on squeezebox.
Mark Bodino  on guitar;  Sharleen Leahey on guitar with Creative Arts acoustic guitar students honoring Pete Seeger on his 90th birthday, May 2009;

(left to right, rear): Don Smith, on banjo; Don's son on squeezebox. Mark Bodino  on guitar; Sharleen Leahey on guitar with Creative Arts acoustic guitar students honoring Pete Seeger on his 90th birthday, May 2009;

On the occasion of Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday on May 3, 2009  I led my guitar students in a performance of "If I Had A Hammer" ... one of Pete's songs that was BANNED, as was Pete, in the 1950s and early 1960s. The great "Hammer Song", written in 1949, turned 60 years old that same year.
Your songs really strike a chord… inspiring ... make me want to keep up the fight!  
– Bea Abrams
Community Organizer
Sharleen performing in Hobart, Tasmania (the island province of Australia)

Sharleen performing in Hobart, Tasmania (the island province of Australia)

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Sharleen Leahey • songwriter/singer/recording artist • www.rumorsofpeace.net • www.sharleenleahey.com • © 2017 songs4peace