Brief vocal and musical compositions

A song, most broadly, is a single (and often standalone) work of music that is typically intended to be sung by the human voice with distinct and fixed pitches and patterns using sound and silence and a variety of forms that often include the repetition of sections. The word "song" is widely used by people in the popular music industry to describe any musical composition, whether sung or played only by instruments. Written words created specifically for music or for which music is specifically created, are called lyrics. If a pre-existing poem is set to composed music in classical music it is an art song. Songs that are sung on repeated pitches without distinct contours and patterns that rise and fall are called chants. Songs in a simple style that are learned informally are often referred to as folk songs. Songs that are composed for professional singers who sell their recordings or live shows to the mass market are called popular songs. These songs, which have broad appeal, are often composed by professional songwriters, composers and lyricists. Art songs are composed by trained classical composers for concert or recital performances. Songs are performed live and recorded on audio or video (or, in some cases, a song may be performed live and simultaneously recorded). Songs may also appear in plays, musical theater, stage shows of any form and within operas.


"Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss", by Sheldon Richman, 11 Jan 2008
Examines politics, including themes such as "hope" and "change" of the 2008 campaigns, and explains why politicians cannot be expected to lead the way to liberty
"The Who's old song 'Won't Get Fooled Again' seems cynical, but its political realism is hard to deny: 'Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.'"
Related Topics: Health Care, Politics, Voting
"The Police Force Is Watching the People", by Sheldon Richman, 22 Aug 2014
Argues that the facts are crucial when identifying "the agressor and victim in particular cases" such as occurred in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and separately, that the role of police forces must be re-examined
"The system has long cultivated an us-versus-them attitude in the police. It's nothing new, even if the 'them' has come to include more people. Police don't even regard themselves as civilians, as I believe they once did. We are the civilians. They are our watchers keeping us in line. Who doesn't do a quick self-survey when a police officer approaches? As Steppenwolf sang in its 1969 hit 'Monster': 'The police force is watching the people, and the people just can't understand.'"
The Top 25 Liberty Songs, by Bill Winter, Libertarian Party News, Aug 2001
List of 25 "Liberty's Best Songs" chosen from over 200 suggestions, and a supplementary list of 25 runners-up
"... songs that celebrate human freedom, civil liberties, resistance to tyranny, or just plain old all-American 'I did it my way' individualism. ... Sunshine ... My Life ... 911 is a joke ... Get Up, Stand Up ... Liberty ... Something for Nothing ... 1% ... Taxman ... Copperhead Road ... America ... The Plan ... People Want to Be Free ... I Want To Be Free (That's the Truth) ... Capitalism ... My Way ... Inside Four Walls ... The Coalition to Ban Coalitions ... Freedom of Speech ... The Trees"
Related Topics: Liberty, Rush


Won't Get Fooled Again, by Pete Townshend, 1979
One of the runners-up to the "Top 25 Liberty Songs," in a live performance on acoustic guitar

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Song" as of 13 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.