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Book Peter’s “Sing Like a Movement” Presentation for Your Next Event

Just about every significant movement for social change in U.S. history has had a body of participatory music – music known and sung by activists and supporters alike. Singing together, besides being fun, had the effect of welding the movement together.  Indeed, Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, said, “You will be a movement when you sing like a movement.” This presentation, by lifelong social change activist and song leader Peter Bergel, takes its title and inspiration from Yarrow’s comment. You can book it for a church, class, fundraiser or other event by calling Peter at 503-428-4280.

Bergel is devoted to re-energizing today’s social change movements by offering readily sing-able songs – songs that have the potential to weld crowds into movements through shared participation in singing.

In “Sing Like a Movement,” he traces the use of participatory music from the abolition movement through the labor movement, the civil rights movement and the anti-nuclear power and weapons movements to the present day in a fast-moving presentation during which he gets us singing these old songs, as well as some newer ones he has written.

Bergel’s recent CD, “Peace is Where You Make It,” featuring a dozen original participatory songs, can be available for purchase as well.

“Sing Like a Movement” Presentation – Portland, Oct. 26

Music for Social Change logoJust about every significant movement for social change in U.S. history has had a body of participatory music – music known and sung by activists and supporters alike. Singing together, besides being fun, had the effect of welding the movement together.  Indeed, Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, says, “You will be a movement when you sing like a movement.” This presentation, by lifelong social change activist and song leader Peter Bergel, takes its title and inspiration from Yarrow’s comment. It will be sponsored by Students United for Nonviolence on October 26 at 6 pm at Portland State University in SMSU (Smith) Room 227. It is free and open to the public.

Bergel is devoted to re-energizing today’s social change movements by offering them readily sing-able songs – songs that have the potential to weld crowds of people into movements through shared participation in singing.

In “Sing Like a Movement,” he traces the use of participatory music from the abolition movement through the labor movement, the civil rights movement and the anti-nuclear power and weapons movements to the present day in a fast-moving presentation during which he gets us singing these old songs, as well as some newer ones he has written.  He will be accompanied by fiddler extraordinaire Mark Babson.

Bergel’s recent CD, “Peace is Where You Make It,” featuring a dozen original participatory songs, will be given free to the first 50 people through the door.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/705279272954749/

Limited-Seating House Concert in Portland Sept. 17

  • Experience the joy and excitement of a LIVE HOOTENANNY featuring original social change songs that you can participate in singing! 
  • Experience a delicious vegetarian dinner created by Portland activist/educator Tom Hastings!
  • Get a free copy of Peter Bergel’s “Peace Is Where You Make It” CD.
  • Support home-grown musical cultural work.
  • Kids under 12 free with a paying adult.

All this and more can be yours if you are one of a dozen people who will be at Whitefeather House, 3315 N. Russet Street in Portland on September 17 at 6 pm for a delicious vegetarian dinner followed by a limited-seating house concert featuring Peter Bergel and friends. The tickets for this one-time-only event are just $50, but only 12 tickets will be sold, so act now to get yours.




CD: “Peace Is Where You Make It”

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Tracks from “Peace Is Where You Make It”

Leave It In the Ground

Medicare for All

The Man Who Outed the Snoops

Peace Is Where You Make It

Mad As Hell

A Whole Lot More Cooperation

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Madmen at the Throttle

Never Enough

Got No Home So I Got No Rights

Things About Comin’ My Way

Carbon Blues