Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Call vs. Response

Musical calls to action form part of our society’s way of remembering, and of teaching.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to respond to the call for justice?

I believe that attention to shared musical forms may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“… Prayer and a traditional call and response section of prayer, all the way to the frolicking “Cherie Bim Baum Bim Baum Bim Baum”, Jewish music adapts this
mode of song. Likewise, the familiar spiritual turned freedom song  “Woke up this Morning”   springs instantly to mind as a key example of Call and Response in African-American spiritual music, sung in a variety of settings. That same back and forth structure can also be felt in the slowly building tension of a Klezmer tune, often sharing the same beat pattern as much of the music of the
traditional Negro Spiritual. Rag-time, Jazz, Blues, R & B, and even rock and roll arguably come out of these shared musical structures, interwoven into the fabric of our culture. These shared cultural structures, the challenge of a call used to inspire the ringing response, function both to keep communities together, and to bind them mutually, one to another, in hope and in marching forward.

Shared Strategies: Cooperating To Resist Oppression

“Said Property shall not be sold, conveyed, granted or leased, in whole or in part, to any
Hebrew … or any person or family not of the white race. ”…

In many ways, shared oppression can be seen as a shared mandate.

Imagine listening, in the summer of the year 1860, to Parashat Re ́eh being read…


Page 13″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to give better notes on the shared styles and purposes of the songs mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page twelve was last week…

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1.) What are your thoughts on musical styles as part of cultural cooperation?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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Shira Destinie

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Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.


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35 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Call vs. Response

  1. Driving across the country, I listened to the podcast by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen. It was interesting when they were talking about musical influences and discussing the concept of “cultural appropriation.” President Obama said he doesn’t believe in limiting who can perform music based on cultural identity because that’s how you get new art – people take something from here and something else from there and create something new.

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    1. President Obama is right: although I’d make the caveat that the originators of the music must be paid or credited properly. In the book “A Right to Sing the Blues” (refed in the Stayed on Freedom’s Call bibliography), mention is made of how Rock developed out of R & B, often via producers with the power over original composers to drive creation of new music, but not without some exploitation at times, which may have been a normal and even unavoidable facet of the industry, is not optimal.

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      1. The music industry has been horrible and predatory for years. The successes are held up like the norm, but in reality many acts ended up owing their management money. They did everything and anything to make money for themselves at the expense of musicians and artists.

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        1. What?! Owing their managers money? I thought the job of management was to help the acts/singers, not to put them in debt! Artists might have been better off when they were wandering minstrels!

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  2. Music is the tapestry of our shared humanity. From spirituals so sea chanteys they have moved and inspired people. They also provide a rhythm that sets a work pace or an underground way to communidate. One person’s music is another person’s noise.

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    1. Yup, literally moved, as slaves, sailors, and even Scottish women felting wool in sheeps urine hoed, heaved, and pounded to the tunes of…

      Sorry, your inspiration was cool! I just ran out of steam!
      Thank you for your thoughts, Quips!

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    1. Ah, ok, that is good to know. Another place that should be explained in more detail. Thank you, JYP!
      Yes, I’m setting up for another edition, but pondering it in the background while I sketch out the rough draft for Baby Acres.

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            1. Got any recommendations for virtual Shavuot learning/ programming? I’ve been preoccupied with leaving my job (yay) and vaccine side effects (ugh) to see what is going on. My local community is starting to do in person stuff, but Shavuot learning is still going to be virtual.

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            2. Hey, JYP: sorry for the long delay -I was too tired all weekend to do anything productive, so I’ve been off WP.

              Glad you’ve gotten vaccinated!!

              I’ve not had the energy to look up anything this year, but I think that I pre-scheduled a link to a class I taught for the DC Beit Midrash back around 2011 or so? I know a copy of the handout is up on, and I meant to link to it this year, but I’ll have to check again.

              How was your chag?

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            3. No worries! I hope you are feeling well! I will check out the link to your class. That is really cool!

              I had a really nice chag. Virtual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot with the JCC in Manhattan and picked a nice mix of learning, musical performance. And best of all, went to bed early! (I just do not have the patience or stamina for all night study sessions).

              How about you? I hope you got some rest!

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            4. Hey! Good to “see” you!
              I am feeling a bit better, thank you. Still a bit tired, but not as bad now. Just trying to catch up on work I wanted to get done, but not overdo it.
              Excellent: very glad you had a nice Chag.
              Bed early is also good!
              I’m about to sign off to get a bit more rest now.

              sending you Safe Hugs if wanted,


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