Susanna, Duchess of Peace writes: I designed The Royal Peace Song of the Day project partly to give myself some self discipline in posting regularly to this website. It has worked in some measure. Though, I guess I have not perfected the task, since this is not the first time I am publishing a song of the day for yesterday, today.
In honor of the poignant striving inside my failure, the Peace Song of the Day for yesterday, September 3rd, is “Yesterday” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. You can find the lyrics to this song in the “Hard Times and Blues” section of the Rise Up Singing songbook, on page 106. I can guess that someone, somewhere in the world, actually sang that song yesterday!
More about this song of the day, and where to find more like it…
The Royal Song of the Day is a project of Duke Augustus and Duchess Susanna, The Duke and Duchess of Peace. The Duke and Duchess recognize that one of the paths to peace is to find soulful and nonviolent entertainment, and to express oneself with art and song.
Our initial focus has been on the songs in The Rise Up Singing songbook. Rise Up Singing is an amazing collection of songs, edited by Peter Blood & Annie Patterson, and celebrated with an introduction by Pete Seeger.
One of the goals of this Peace Couple website is to get stuff in people’s hands that reflects and builds upon their commitment to peace and justice. That is why we have our own store link for compassionate shopping. You should consider getting your own copy of Rise Up Singing, to study, and to share with friends at your next party, get-together, demonstration, or campfire. We have two copies at our house! (Find the Rise Up Singing songbook, and other great books, at Powell’s: here.)
Excerpt from Pete Seeger’s introduction to Rise Up Singing:
…Getting that world of peace and justice will involve millions of smiles as we recognize and treasure our diversity, our different paths, our different values. And, when one person taps out a beat while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know: there’s hope for the world…
Excerpt from “Yesterday”, The Royal Song of the Day for 9/3/2011:
all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
O I believe in yesterday