"Rainbow Mountain Solstice Morn"
Hobart, Tasmania
Dec 21, 2016

"Rainbow Mountain Solstice Morn" Hobart, Tasmania Dec 21, 2016

While visiting family in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania (the 6th island province of Australia), Sharleen Leahey met singer-songwriter (and soon-to-be touring performer)  Zac Henderson. On short notice, Zac generously invited Sharleen to perform a set of her songs at his listening room showcase for Hobart musicians which  he has been hosting for the past year and a half.
When Sharleen asked Zac who his major musical influences were, without hesitation, he replied: "Woody Guthrie."  (Great answer!) In honor of  Zac and his dedication to building a supportive community of and for artists, Sharleen  performed her tribute to Woody.

So here's to the mystic with a guitar strap
Who hitched a ride on a railroad track
And always paid his dues
Sharleen performs "Corporate News," for Zac's listening room showcase in Hobart, the capital city of Tassie, Australia's magical Island Province. The song, written shortly after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, exposes the dangers posed by news organizations owned by giant conglomerates who "pull the wool" and "think we're fools." But guess what . . . we're not!

Singing and speaking through the lies we learn to recognize when free speech and "truth have been hijacked!" We need wise and eloquent voices who carry the "thread of our humanity" keeping alive our movements for true democracy to grow and somehow prevail.

CNN and Fox / Talking heads who shock
Fair and balanced they declare
Dissenting voices kicked off the air

Sharleen  performs "New World" which she wrote after witnessing the miraculous convergence of activists from around the globe at the 'Battle of Seattle' in December 1999. During the historic event, activists from the labor, peace and ecology movements converging nonviolently in large numbers, forced the collapse of global trade talks. Sharleen told members of the Hobart audience, "New World" is dedicated to activists, and future activists everywhere . . . the world needs your heart, your soul and your energy."
Sharleen ended her set in Hobart (the capital city of Tasmania, the 6th Province of Australia) with "Power And Glory," a 'love song to America' written by one of America's greatest topical songwriters, Phil Ochs.

She's only as rich as the poorest of the poor
Only as free as the padlocked prison door
Only as strong as our love for this land
Only as tall as we stand

Tasmanian Shore

Tasmanian Shore

painting by Gina Tlamsa

Sharleen Leahey • songwriter/singer/recording artist • • • © 2018 songs4peace