As it often happens, the current protests in Thailand started out as student events. This generation has had to partially grow up in times started by the 2014 coup d’état in Thailand. Now more people are joining the protests demanding the resignation of General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government and an economic reform of the monarchy.
Some members of the rap collective have been arrested for their activism as we’ve covered before here on Shouts. That does not seem to slow them down though. They blast through the new song with seemingly no concern for their own safety. Artists have been jailed around the world for using their voices in this way.
We got the most wonderful letter the other day from a musician called Shaun Quixote. He just released his debut single, titled So Naïve, and he wanted to share it with us. He searched the web for socially conscious music blogs and came across Shouts. We are thrilled that he did.
So Naïve is a feel good, protest anthem for these strange times. As Shaun explained to us: “I’d like to think that, “through the poisoned air” [from the song’s lyrics], the song has a hopeful message in the midst of the darkness. …it is a song of hope, a song of protest, and a call to action. But most of all I want it to bring joy to whoever hears it.”
Currently Shaun is working on finishing his debut EP and if it will be anything like it’s title song then we are all in for a treat.
This single by Matt Gibbons was originally written for the 2018 U.S. midterm election but it stands as relevant today as it did then. In his press release Matt hopes that the song can relate and bond listeners instead of them feeling alienated and divided:
“This song is a well wish for American hearts. May we, one by one, go deeper on each issue that makes us only seem divided. Where it’s race may we experience common humanity. Where it’s politics may we wish well for all Americans. Where it’s the gun issue, may we remember the essence of cares on both sides, the desire to protect loved ones. May each American do the hard work that law and policy can never do, that is, trying to understand “the other,” so the other is not foreign, but “countryman.”