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Forum Post: Johnny Cash and OCCUPY Wall Street: Here's how we get rhythm and win this.

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 29, 2012, 9:45 a.m. EST by therising (6643)
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The Occupy movement is still in its infancy but already it has pushed back hard against the corporate hijacking of our government, the corporate exploitation of the environment, the corporate destruction of our economy and the corporate assault on our minds with consumerism.

I often think about this being like tug of war. Remember the feeling of tug of war when you were on winning team? More than likely the method for the win wasn't just brute strength. It was coordinated pulling. And you could feel your compadres pulling in a certain rhythm. It took you a while to all come together and develop that rhythm kicked in (1, 2, 3, PULL!!. . . 1, 2, 3, PULL!!. . .), but once you did, you could feel everything fall into place and you pretty much feel that you were going to win. You were going to win because you had the rhythm and therefore the momentum. That rhythm, that coordination, is powerful. It's how we win. We gather, organize, coordinate and win.

Johnny cash put it quite well: "Get rhythm, when you get the blues" Let's get rhythm.

Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues

Come on, get rhythm when you get the blues

Get a rock 'n' roll feelin' in your bones

Put taps on your toes and get gone

Get rhythm when you get the blues /

A Little shoeshine boy never gets low down

But he's got the dirtiest job in town

Bendin' low at the peoples' feet

On the windy corner of the dirty street

Well, I asked him while he shined my shoes

How'd he keep from gettin' the blues

He grinned as he raised his little head

Popped a shoeshine rag and then he said /

Get rhythm when you get the blues

Come on, get rhythm when you get the blues

A jumpy rhythm makes you feel so fine

It'll shake all the trouble from your worried mind

Get rhythm when you get the blues /

Get rhythm when you get the blues

Come on , get rhythm when you get the blues

Get a rock 'n' roll feelin' in your bones

Put taps on your toes and get gone

Get rhythm when you get the blues /

Well, I sat down to listen to the shoeshine boy

And I thought I was gonna jump for joy

Slapped on the shoe polish left and right

He took a shoeshine rag and he held it tight

He stopped once to wipe the sweat away

I said you're a mighty little boy to be-a workin' that way

He said I like it with a big wide grin

Kept on a poppin' and he said again /

Get rhythm when you get the blues

Come on, get rhythm when you get the blues

It only costs a dime, just a nickel a shoe

Does a million dollars worth of good for you

Get rhythm when you get the blues

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Rhythm (from Greek ῥυθμός—rhythmos, "any regular recurring motion, symmetry"[1]) may be generally defined as a "movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions."[2] This general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything from microseconds to millions of years.

In the performance arts rhythm is the timing of events on a human scale; of musical sounds and silences, of the steps of a dance, or the meter of spoken language and poetry. Rhythm may also refer to visual presentation, as "timed movement through space."[3] and a common language of pattern unites rhythm with geometry. In recent years, rhythm and meter have become an important area of research among music scholars. Recent work in these areas includes books by Maury Yeston,[4]Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff, Jonathan Kramer, Christopher Hasty,[5]Godfried Toussaint,[6] William Rothstein, and Joel Lester.

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[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

We can win this :). As soon as we realize we have played a role in creating the problem, we will wake up to realize we have power to bring a solution.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

For every one of them, there are 99 of us. Now explain to me why we can't win this?

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Johny was a great soldier for the 99%

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

He really was a sincere man who stood up for the forgotten.

[-] -1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

A one of a kind sound, And great music. And that is from a brooklynite who does not care for country music otherwise.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Johnny insisted on staying true to the downtrodden even when he was encouraged to do otherwise.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Yeah, he was honest, sincere, he cared about the less fortunate and it showed.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Anyone put there now in the entertainment industry, political world or business world that is honest, sincere, cares about the less fortunate and follows through and does something about it living true to their principles? I'm using the term loosely here, of course, but are there any other men or women "in black"?

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Well. there is no one like Johnny Cash of course. And there are many entertainment industry people who are as shallow, selfish, and greedy as the general population.

But I would say that there ARE entertainment industry people fighting the good fight. Not as pure as Cash, but because of Cash and pioneers like 'Concert for Bangledesh' coordinator G Harrrison, I submit there are MORE who have taken up the mantle of soldier for the 99%.

Cash laid the groundwork for many more to succeed him but not replace him.