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No Nukes Swing (from the Solar Power Suite)

by Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale and Friends

A fun folk-rock anthem about the evils of nuclear plants and nuclear weapons! Something a little different for you fans of my meditation music....
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"No Nukes Swing" is a lighthearted folk-rock sing-along, appropriate for people of all ages, which explores the issues of nuclear plants, proliferation and weapons, with the catchy refrain:
No Nukes in my coffee,
No Nukes in my tea,
No Nukes in my backyard,
That's just a little too close for me!

This is a momentous event, decades in the making! Yes folks, only thirty years after it was first recorded, "No Nukes Swing" is now available to one and all! I composed "No Nukes Swing" in 1978, and the song has been performed countless times by myself and many other musicians, and even a choir, around the country at nuclear plants, demonstrations, concerts, coffeehouses and festivals. "No Nukes Swing" is part of the "Solar Power Suite", which also includes my solo flute composition "Salute to the Sun", from my CD "Sarabande - Solo Flute Meditations".

Why release this previously-unreleased song now? Because we are living in seriously wacky times! As a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we've got radioactive beef on the market in Japan, and radioactive organic vegetables in California; meanwhile goats' milk in Connecticut is radioactive from Indian Point Nuclear Plant. It's hard to believe that utility companies are still saying nuclear power is safe and clean! But with huge profits to be made, what have they got to lose by lying? What we ALL have to lose is our health, and possibly the future of life on earth. With so much at stake, it's the perfect time for "No Nukes Swing"!

I started performing "No Nukes Swing" more actively again in 2006, when I learned that FPL, Progress Energy and other utilities were actively trying to build new nuclear plants in Florida and around the country, after several decades of no new nuclear construction following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

At the same time, I created the Nuclear Free Zone on my website - a large and evolving collection of information and links to organizations working on nuclear and other environmental issues. I've also been compiling a comprehensive compendium of the many nuclear references in animated classic The Simpsons - check my website for all the No Nukes fun stuff!

I've been following the nuclear situation at Fukushima closely since the earthquake and tsunami, greatly concerned about the devastating consequences of ongoing massive radiation releases to the Japanese people and the world. I'm encouraged to see that Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan are now rapidly moving towards a nuclear-free future. But since even the nuclear disaster at Fukushima has not discouraged many companies and countries (including the one I live in) from continuing to pursue nuclear power, I decided it was time to make "No Nukes Swing" available worldwide.

It is my heartfelt wish that "No Nukes Swing" will help contribute to the end of the use of nuclear power and weapons in our world. And I'm not alone in that wish. It's a goal many of us have been working towards for decades now. And even Albert Einstein, who helped create the first nuclear bomb, said, "I made one mistake in my life when I signed that letter to President Roosevelt advocating that the atomic bomb should be built." After Truman dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, Einstein declared: "If I had known they were going to do this, I would have become a shoemaker."

Beginning on August 6, 2011, "No Nukes Swing" can be downloaded here at CD Baby, and will be available shortly after that on iTunes and other music outlets. The date August 6 was chosen to coincide with the 66th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

My most recent recording, a flute and chime rendition of the traditional Japanese folk song "Sakura" was released on April 26, 2011, in conjunction with the 25 Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. I recorded "Sakura" in support for and empathy with the Japanese people, and will be performing it at my "No Nukes Swing" Release Party in tribute to the victims of Hiroshima and Fukushima - past, present and future.

"No Nukes Swing" was recorded in Boston in 1981 with an all-star, all-women's band including Jean Fineberg (Laura Nyro - Season of Lights, David Bowie - Golden Years, Sister Sledge - "We are Family") on sax, Betsy Rose on piano, vocals and production, Barbara Dunn Shaw on guitar and vocals, Abby Shearer on guitar, Jane Rhodes on bass, Sharon McGuire on drums, and myself on vocals, flute, kazoo, percussion and production. The recording was engineered by multi-instrumentalist Roma Baran (an Academy Award nominee who has produced numerous Laurie Anderson albums, as well as playing with Rosalie Sorrels and Kate McGarrigle among others) and Karen Kane.

My song "Against the Law", a gay rights rock song recorded at the same session, was released in February 2011 as part of the prestigious "Songs of War and Politics - Volume 1" CD by Folk Alliance International, and is available for download at FestivaLink and on iTunes. Other artists on this superb CD include the late Hazel Dickens, Eliza Gilkyson, The Pines and Tom Neilson.

I've been giving copies of "No Nukes Swing" and the "Solar Power Suite" to clean energy activists for years, and if you are an activist, please use "No Nukes Swing" at your events! If you know an activist, please pass the song along! I also have sheet music and song sheets available for "No Nukes Swing" and other clean energy-themed songs - please contact me via www.SilverNightingale.com. The song sheets of New Nuclear Sing-alongs include "No Nukes Swing"; an update of "If I Had a Hammer", refocused on renewable energy technologies like wind and solar; and other new and classic songs appropriate for singing at rallies, or with kids of all ages learning about these important environmental issues.

The only way we can accomplish the goal of ending the use of nuclear power and weapons on this planet is by making universal the use of truly clean, sustainable and renewable energy technologies like solar, wind and geothermal. These goals are one and the same, and that's why "No Nukes Swing" and "Salute to the Sun" are both part of my "Solar Power Suite" - we won't achieve one goal unless we achieve them all. So whatever issues you feel called to work on - whether it's no nukes, solar, coal, oil, recycling, creative reuse, wind power, clean water and air, healthy food, climate reality, economic justice, world peace, interfaith understanding, or any other environmental cause - they're all related! So do whatever you can, wherever you can. Each one of us can make a difference, and together we can save our home, our Earth.

Many people have written new "No Nukes Swing" verses about their local nuclear plant, waste dump or weapons manufacturer, and I encourage you to do the same! I'm writing new verses for the song myself, in a rap version!

I would love to hear about your experiences using "No Nukes Swing", and post your stories in my Nuclear Free Zone, so please contact me via my website to share your Nuclear Free experiences and new "No Nukes Swing" lyrics!

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