Saturday, October 03, 2009
Making connections for plant-based diets: teaching the world to sing vegetarian songs
The TEXT on that VRC-Vegetarian-Music group list at YahooGroups.com (which is VRC's official discussion list for this very project) is:
The VRC-Vegetarian-Music e-mail discussion list is for volunteers of the Vegetarian Resource Center working in projects of developing vegetarian-supporting music.
Think about every value you hold dear to yourself. Wasn't that communicated through relationship, image, deed, song, and poetry?
The 1960's movement for nonviolence throughout Europe, North America, and the rest of the world was spread through music and song. But though there IS an extensive body of lore and song which COULD do the job, vegetarians have never collected that set of resources into one site, nor have many modern vegetarians deliberated on the task and worked intently at creating a modern body of lyric and song, poem and prose, which effectively communicate poignantly, pithily, and powerfully the vegetarian message, and deep as it is in all its lifechanging dimensions.
And if you already HAVE such music already (or know of it), share it with us so that we can get a better idea of what we're doing.
And we're happy at present with commercial produce and condiment jingles.
Let's teach vegetarians to sing!
No, let's write the songs the WHOLE world sings!
We're all interested, too, in developing and collecting literature, music, art, and other resources for vegetarian families.
But in all our months, years, or decades, we've found precious little written BY vegetarians FOR vegetarians.
What do you think YOU can develop, collect, or inspire OTHERS to develop or collect?
Once you join this list, we'd like you to hold up, not only YOUR end of the conversation among all these volunteers, about our respective portions of this culture-building project, but THEIR ends of the conversation, also.
Your contributions to improving our rationale, our social marketing, and/or our persuasiveness in motivating the skilled pro-vegans for this project is sought.
As I've observed vegetarian parents catering to their children's physical needs, it's puzzled me that SO little attention has been committed to the importance of 'THEIR 'building vegetarian culture' so that future generations will ALSO celebrate its positive values.
In the US, we seem to default to believing in defaulting to prevailing social institutions AND the powerful sway of the dumbing down of mass media.
I can hardly call that 'conservative' because it fails to conserve much of what is truly valuable. Look at the case of Dave Letterman. [Oh, it's on TV. Just applaud (despite it all).]
I think that religious people know MUCH MORE about culture building than vegetarians do.
But try to do something truly revolutionary, and the 'folk' around will jut yell out 'Russia' (if it's intelligent) and something else if it isn't.