Mw Rx. What Kind Of Power We Got? Soul Power

By Risa Dickens, Amy Torok,

Jul 8, 2023
2 min read
Neuroqueer Magic
The New Disability Rights Flag. Public Enemy. Martha Wainwright

The pressure is high - both political and barometric. This week, inspired by Do The Right Thing, Amy takes us on a four-part emotional journey through the Public Enemy canon.

Start with Fight The Power, because you must.

As the rhythm's designed to bounce what counts is that the rhymes are designed to fill your mind.

And then Shake Your Booty, because we're not just here to fight. Our mission and purpose are rooted in the joy that is possible and unique to our wyrd bodies.

Flavor Flav just shake your your dance it's your duty.

And then ask What Kind Of Power We Got? and remember the answer:

"Soul Power"

The suite finishes with EVERYTHING, a song full of gentleness and wisdom, a warning to those hoarding wealth that they might find it is nothing at all. And an ode to the rest of us.

We're not talking about things, we're talking about Love.  We got it all.

Risa is heading out on the road this week, preparing to camp out and watch folk music from all around the world, especially the evolving formations of the iconic Canadian folk dynasty of the McGarrigle / Wainwright families, especially, especially Martha Wainwright. One song of Martha's ends up surfacing in Risa's life over and over again, and that's her prescription this week as we ride on the waves of fury and heat. It's a song of weeping rage at fathers and at paternalism in general, and it's a song that - when you sing - binds you to all who also know what it means, and it's a song that returns your power to you.

I will not pretend
I will not put on a smile
I will not say I'm all right for you
When all I wanted was to be good
To do everything in truth
To do everything in truth

You bloody mother fucking asshole
Oh you bloody mother fucking asshole
Oh you bloody mother fucking asshole

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