I feel very lucky to have Caitlin Johnstone as a client and friend. I work on her website. And I read her articles, poetry and love her art. And it really has been quite a journey, from when she started out in 2016. She’s been through the wringer for being as outspoken as she is, and I’ve been one of her warriors on the battle front, but I can only do so much when someone is attacked for speaking out against the accepted mainstream propaganda.
But, Caitlin should stand out as an inspiring example of what happens when you refuse to back down from challenging the powers that be. Art happens, art movements happen, and in that, is our collective soul. Many of us know where the world, thanks to many psychos in charge, is headed, if we can’t jar people out of their comfort zones and somehow motivate them to act in the collective best interests. And the existential threat is grating, and draining. We spend every day trying so hard to educate others and break through the life-long indoctrination by mainstream TV, movies, songs, ‘news’ etc. to show them that our world could change if we’d stop allowing the horror. That is what Caity does.
Where she differs from other indie journalists is that she is not afraid to tackle any issue, no matter what geopolitical spectrum it hails from. And that has made a lot of people angry. Still, Caity, by sticking to her guns, has gotten world-wide recognition from Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame, who agrees with her stances (especially against the Russiagate nonsense) and now she has inspired another musician, Michael Brunnock.
And so I post what was a surprise to Caity. Michael put one of her poems to music, and the result is quite astounding, lovely, touching and haunting. Enjoy.
As Caity said about the song:
As many of my readers may remember, back in April of last year I made a post releasing my content free for anyone to use however they like. It sprang from someone on Twitter telling me that they wanted one of my tweets on a bumper sticker. I was like “Man, I don’t have time for any of that,” but then I thought, “Maybe someone else will?” That one single post birthed some of the most natural and easy collaborations I have ever been blessed to be a part of, many without my knowledge or input. Life has become this strange and exhilarating peregrination where I never know what delightful morsel is going to show up next.
A few weeks ago, an Irish singer-songwriter called Michael Brunnock messaged me on my Facebook page with a song that he had created from a poem I published a while back called “A Blessing for Anyone”. He was tentative at first, as anyone would be, hoping that I would like his creation.
Guys, you have to hear this song. The first time I heard it, it moved me to tears. The second time I saw it, this time with the video, it had an even more extraordinary emotional effect.
You can see the original post at Caity’s site.