We’re covering a lot of ground in Creativity Is Risky: Free Speech in a Charlie Hebdo World.
As it is #musicmonday, we are highlighting the article featuring singer-songwriter Chaz Langley.
The Charlie Hebdo tragedy only punctuates, tragically, what the world has long been grappling with when it comes to freedom of expression. On the magazine’s pages this has shown up in small ways (in a steam room) and in big ways (human rights organizations spelling out threats to free speech). Meanwhile, everyday people and artists are picking up the mantle of Charlie Hebdo and moving forward.
And musicians are, too.
Enter New York-based singer-songwriter Chaz Langley.
For our last piece we welcome you to enjoy his music, and share it, of course. When taken together, these three songs weave a tale of suffering, healing and humanity—an overar-ching theme of the e-zine.
We have chosen “When Will It End? (A Song for Change),” which Chaz wrote in response to police shootings of unarmed black men in America. It also serves as a universal call for peace and love. “Song of Sorrow” takes our metaphor of the phoenix to a toe-tapping note with a story of a wounded bird that wants to fly and sing again—just as Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz regained his strength to draw and publish Catharsis (see pages 30-33). Lastly, we’ve chosen “Here with You,” thinking this might be a song that Luz and his wife, Camille, would enjoy.
Click here for an exclusive interview with Chaz and embedded music made possible by Jon Porcasi’s amazing digital design skills.