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Gung Hay Fat Choy – Chinese New Year Song Domino Grey Redux

January 23, 2012 1 comment

Chinese New Year is a spring festival, celebrated during our winter. It follows the Chinese Lunar calendar, and falls between mid-January and mid-February. The celebrations typically last for two weeks, although there are many different ways to celebrate. See the list of websites below for more information, and fun craft activities to do!

Gung Hay Fat Choy Dragon for 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy – Chinese New Year Song
(wishing you good fortune and happiness)

Sing as a fingerplay with the simple hand motions, or pass out rhythm instruments and have children play on the chorus. Or you use as a circle dancing, holding hands and walking around on the chorus, and stopping to make hand motions on the verses).

Chorus:
(keep a rhythm patting hands together one hand up, then the other)
Gung Hay Fat Choy, Gung Hay Fat Choy
Sing Happy New Year, Gung Hay Fat Choy

1. The new moon tells us, exactly when
(hold up one hand in C shape for crescent moon)
To celebrate with family and friends (clap hands in rhythm)

2. Clean up the house and get out the broom (pretend to sweep)
Sweep out the old year, bring in the new

3. Bring out the apples, the oranges too (hold out one fist, then the other)
Their colors bring us joy and good luck too

4. The dragon dances, the lanterns light
(place hands together, and snake around )
The firecrackers light up the night
(alternate right and left fist out with fingers opening quickly to mimic shooting fireworks).

Original music and lyrics were downloaded from this website:

Instrumental version is also available.

http://www.nancymusic.com/Gunghayplay.htm

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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr. & Love Song for Freedom [FREE MUSIC] from Domino Grey

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

“LOVE SONG FOR FREEDOM”  -It’s the one breakish record on Back in the Black. I did feel that it broke the continuity a bit, but it was such an important record to me, I had to place it on there. After having the female chorus down, I had to scan through numerous speeches looking for the one that epitomized the sentiments. Even then, it was a good deal of editing to cut it down to only the core message.

I must have made a dozen different versions with different arrangements…should I begin with the familiar speech and then drop the track? Should the track play out normally and the speech drop last? Seems simple, but every adjustment changed the overall vibe. In the end, I chopped the speech excerpt into verses and it just felt right. I’m glad I was able to make a record that is important and meaningful to me. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.!

“Love Song for Freedom”  Free Download

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Martin Luther King Jr

From http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family’s long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family.

In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank.

In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its operational techniques from Gandhi. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action; and meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles. In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, a manifesto of the Negro revolution; he planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters; he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, “l Have a Dream”, he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

 

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You can check out more music from that album here.

Happy Birthday MLK!

Radio Waves and Domino Grey GET SOMETHING – GIVE SOMETHING MORE

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment
he owners of RadioWaves have been promoting independent music and unsigned artists since 1987

Radio Waves online Radio Station Podcast

Domino Grey music also plays on a bunch of online radio stations and one of them is called Radio Waves. They have a campaign running to raise funds to help them continue to support independent artists and raise money for charitable organizations. It’s a worthwhile cause.

I used to think about “giving back” and say to myself, “Well yeah, if I had a million dollars, I’d be this big charitable person.” Well, I don’t have a million, but I can rustle up a dollar or two to help. As an artist, my most prized possession is my music so a bunch of us are giving our songs to Radio Waves to be bundled as free gifts to those that donate. A very cool thing. It’s called the Get Something – Give Something More Campaign. Here are more details.

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visit Brocket 99 to Get Something - Give Something More

Get Something - Give Something More

  You and I can make 2012 the biggest year ever for Brocket 99 and RadioWaves.us donations to First Nations and Native American Causes.** Brocket 99 and RadioWaves.us donate a percentage of all audio products and donations  received, to help North American Natives. I’m ecstatic about doing this. And I want to give to a greater extent. I began making regular donations in June, 2010 and saw a new vision for giving more in December 2011. Although my personal goal wasn’t reached, I was very happy to have made our largest monthly donation ever with your help. That month I split our donation between the Ooglala Lakota and 1st Nations Children/Family Caring Society.

Here’s what I’m doing now. When we receive over 100 audio orders* (*or $10+ donations to RadioWaves.us) in a calendar month, I will give 10% to the cause. Over 200* and I’ll donate 15%. And   if I get over 300* I will, with great joy and gratitude, donate 20% of what comes in. And I’ll still contribute more than before even when these personal goals aren’t met.

And RadioWaves Fans, we haven’t left you hanging. Make a donation of $10 or more and we’ll give your site, business, band, special someone or whatever you’d like a free plug on the show. You write it, or record it on mp3,  (keep it nice and 30 seconds or less) email it to us, and we’ll play it on the show! And if you don’t want to record it, don’t worry, we’ll read it on air. No sweat. It’s what we do. And another BIG surprise for you soon!

The fact is that I own and operate both Brocket 99 and RadioWaves on a shoestring budget. It’s not enough to make a living with. But I believe it will be! This is what I love and I know you love it too because the site gets thousands of visitors every month. Over the past two years I have seen the power of giving with a grateful heart. The more we happily give (and that’s the only way to do it) the more we receive. And I know that  many Brocket 99 and RadioWaves fans care about Native people in North America. Now we can share how much we care with those who need it the most. My pledge is to give more than ever each and every month.  Please help me to make this the biggest year in Brocket 99 – RadioWaves  history! This is not the end. It’s the beginning! Get something. Give something more!

Sincerely,

Michael
Owner
Brocket 99
RadioWaves.us

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The song I’m donating is from Butterfly Affect Part I: Facial Recognition Technology it’s called “Mirrored Responses”.

Thanks for checking this out.

-Domino Grey 2012