Posted 5 years ago on March 10, 2012, 5:40 p.m. EST by Jonbraman
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by Jon Braman Band featuring MaG and Webbafied
My name is Jon Braman and I'm a songwriter and clean energy consultant living in NYC. My band just recently finished recording and shooting a video for 'The 99' our anthem for the Occupy movement that I hope will help keep the spirit of global peaceful inclusive movement for democracy and equality alive. Here's the song and some brief reflections on what it was like living in NYC this Fall with the living breathing revolution starting to bubble all around us.
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Living in NYC, Occupy Wall Street meant that I could be part of an action for democracy any day of the week - without even planning to be. I would get out of the subway and be swept up in - let’s say a march of veterans working against poverty, or unions supporting worker’s rights instead of banks rights. It was such an exciting time - this feeling that things were happening, all different types of people were taking to the streets to peacefully change the conversation around the world.
I wrote ‘the 99’ for the radio show on WBAI and played it at Zucotti several times - people were always ready for a quick sing-along. Then I started performing it with my band at shows. MaG and Webb starting freestyling over the track at The Melting Pot, and everyone in the audience would sing along. It’s a great feeling every time we play it. By the time we got down to recording it, the police had just cleared out Zuccotti. But we knew we still had to get the track out. I hope that the song and video can remind people what happened last Fall, and what’s still going on, and serve as a little inspiration of what we can do when we come together.