Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Quiet demo

Peace demonstration in York - Summer 2008

The demonstration just stood there, holding their many placards as they quietly listened to a pianist wrench out of an old stand up piano, a rather poor rendition of the classic anti war song - John Lennon's Imagine. No one attempted to sing the great lyrics. They probably didn't know the words.

No shouts, no catchy chants, no anti war rhetoric. They even seemed mildly surprised when i took their photograph. Something was seriously lacking here. Passion. Demonstrations, like artists, require passion to drive them to greater things. Without it you have nothing.

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