Despite being from the home of the Kansas Jayhawks, Lawrence Kansas, I have been enjoying the music of Streetlevel Uprising and songs from the CD “Dusk to Dawn Revolution.
Jay Canter is the “spiritual lightning bolt” behind the folk-reggage band. Upon listening to the first song, “A Prayer from Anywhere” off the CD “Dusk To Dawn Revolution”, images of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh come to mind. The instruments, the sound, the feel all reminded me of them. The song has an anti-war message. Canter says ‘It’s as call for people to stand up and fight back, and it’s a reminder that people do stand up and say “I’ve had enough””
Canter continues the passionate lyrics throughout the remaining tracks on the CD as evident in the lyrics for the song “Life is Beauty”
“Oh, this life is beauty, let’s be free and groove along
No hate, let’s be love; no weak, come, let’s be strong
Oh, this life is easy when we don’t make it so hard”
The songs are meant for us to think, to see what is going on around us and to get involved. Yes we all have jobs during the day but as Canter says “I’m a dusk to dawn revolutionary. Just like everyone else I work all day and I’m creative at night. But the title also means you don’t have to be a fulltime revolutionary. You don’t have to quit your job and stop bathing. Take part of your time to devote yourself to something bigger than yourself. If all of us took five minutes a day think about how much we could accomplish.”
Words to think about. The CD is available from Amazon and iTunes. I will be playing a couple of tracks off the CD “Dusk to Dawn Revolution” this Sunday on Front Range Radio.