We're sharing insights from the songs on our new album 'Rainbow Coloured Dynamite'. What are the songs about? Where did the songs come from?
Our next beautiful song to shine a spotlight on: 'I Don't Belong Here'.
Straight up, this is a political anti-war song: “To your wars I do not concur”.
Or moreover, 'I Don't Belong Here' is a pro-love song. The singer, our John, calls out, frustrated: ”Can we share all the love that we feel?”
In this story, the singer has observed the anguish of a young girl caught up in a war – it could be Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Ukraine, Korea, China... It doesn't matter where – there are so many conflicts these days, take your pick.
Yet from these wars it is the innocent who suffer. We as a Western society have become so desensitised to war, it's an accepted factor of life these days. But it's not much of a leap that we could all become that little girl one day. John sings: “We're protected but now the line's blurred because I could be her”.
What The Neo Now is saying in this song is that these wars are waged in the name of protecting people but there has been an undeniable cost in terms of human rights, of freedom. The Neo Now says that the lines of 'protection' in the name of war have blurred into institutionalised 'control' mechanisms.
You might not need to exercise your freedoms right now but come a time when you want to, indeed, need to, you might find that they've have been taken away without you having even noticed. There have been some big changes to laws worldwide in recent times, mostly met by silence on behalf of the populace. Is it because the majority are so distracted by the entertainment and ego-drama that is presented as the 'way we do things around there' these days?
Let's focus on peace and sharing the love that we feel. What you focus on, grows. Is anybody listening?
Who is your pride and joy?
We're sharing insights from the songs on The Neo Now's new album 'Rainbow Coloured Dynamite'. What are the songs about? Where did the songs come from? Next up: 'Pride and Joy'
This is a confronting heart-wrenching solemn song about the generational impacts of family violence and more specifically, the role of a Father in a family.
It's not something that people often sing about, we know!
The world seems a little fatherless at times. We heard a statistic about who visits women in jail and it was shown that fathers are very rare visitors. Where are the fathers?
Every 15th May is the International Day of the Family, and in Australia, White Ribbon Day brings awareness to violence of men against women.
We recently heard the testimonies of a men's transformations program that runs in our community and can't help but wonder if there's violence at the heart of all their stories.
And we wonder if the source of that violence is the heart-break experienced by men who are put in harms' way in the first place? Our men need a voice, they need a chance to heal, they need to know they are valuable and loved.
That violence gets turns inward on yourself and outwards on others. And it rolls like a dirty fiery sandstorm across generations upon generations.
Where does it stop? That's the point we get to in 'Pride and Joy'. The father in the song-story makes a different choice, a more conscious choice of courage and honesty. Honesty to say 'hey, I'm hurting' and the courage to do break the generational pattern.
We're not saying this experience is everywhere, we're telling one little story in the story of all violence.
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