2013 1 Jan

Traveling around from California to Texas I captured a billboard that only had the word “Forgive” on it. It caught my eye and I turned the car around to go film it. I’m glad I did because I think it’s a good message we all need in this divisive world we live in.

The next video combines the image of a windmill in West Texas that I captured on my way back to Texas from California where my car broke down. It was a peaceful sight. The song that I added is an instrumental called “Tremolo Instrumental”. It was written and recorded in and around 2002 the first time I lived in Los Angeles.

Download the track here:

James 3:6

New International Version (NIV)

6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Published under The Here and Nowsend this post
2010 27 Oct

Bobby Jameson – There’s a War Goin’ On

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – There’s A War Goin’ On

Bobby Jameson – Vietnam

John Lennon – Power to the People

Patti Smith – People Have The Power

BRMC – Spread Your Love

Country Joe McDonald – I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

Joan Baez – With God On Our Side (Bob Dylan)

Bob Dylan – Masters of War

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

William Nowik – No War No More

The Byrds – The Times They Are A Changin’ (Bob Dylan)

The Turtles – Eve Of Destruction

Woody Guthrie – All You Fascists Bound To Lose


The Youngbloods – Get Together

Donovan – The War Drags On

The Doors – The Unknown Soldier

The Byrds – Chimes of Freedom

Simon and Garfunkle – Sound of Silence

Pearl Jam – Fortunate Son (CCR)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate So

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians – The Truth Shall Set You Free

The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?

Edwin Starr – War

Pete Seeger – Bring ‘Em Home

Joan Baez – We Shall Overcome

Jim Guittard – Rise Up America

Rancho Relaxo – Plan Your Revolution

The Doors – Peace Frog

Arthur Lee – Everybody’s Gotta Live

Phil Ochs – What Are You Fighting For?

Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Rage Against the Machine – Take the Power Back

Steve Earle – My Uncle

The Flying Burrito Brothers – My Uncle

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Ohio

Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth



Richie Havens – Freedom

System of A Down – BYOB

Jim Guittard – Listen To Your Voice

Bjork – Declare Independence

The Ramones – My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down

The Beatles – Revolution

Stone Temple Pilots – Revolution

Public Enemy – Self Destruction

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

Tom Petty – Something In the Air

Sean Wright – Ready Or Not

Please forward on if you want the wars to end! Music is power!

Published under Life, Musicsend this post
2010 26 Jul

Back in late September 2009 I wrote a song called “Rise Up America” and recorded it after seeing all the chaos go down at the G20 summit in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. I made a call for anyone who wanted to record this song to do so and to even change the words to their own country so that it is more personal.

It’s been a little while now but we’ve now got another version and from Italy. 🙂

Here are the two songs for Italy and America together:

Download the Italian version here for free:

Here is my original song with video from the G20 Summit:

I recently got an email from an Italian artist simply known as Alex or “d0ct0r” who heard my song and wanted very much to record it and make his own version for Italy. He sent it to me and this is what you are listening to. I like it very much.

Now that Italy is involved with the spirit behind the original song, my call still goes out for others to get involved. It’s up to us to take our world back from fear and destruction. We must rise above fear and anxiety!

Let’s keep this song chain going. It is important to get the spirit of optimism out. Thanks Alex!

Here’s previous post on Rise Up America.

All the best,
Jim Guittard
Sofia, Bulgaria

Published under Musicsend this post
2010 14 May

Pounding the pavement.
Practicing in a tent.
Keeping it real.
What’s the deal?

America’s not the same.
It seems more and more lame.
I’m not giving in.
It makes my head spin.

Where’s the change?
It must be in me.
No one else will change.
I’m listening to La Grange.

No one’s gonna rescue us.
Should we just fuss and cuss?
No, better pound the pavement.
I got my shovel ready.

Published under Lifesend this post
2010 20 Apr

Listen to the song here:

I will not be conned into believing
There is no hope.
I will not be conned into believing
There is not a good person left.
I will not be conned into believing
That racism is the root cause.

I will not be conned into believing
There is no God.
I will not be conned into believing
All men are scoundrels.
I will not be conned into believing.
All women are sluts.

Get up now.
It’s alright.
Get up now.
It’s alright.

I will not be conned into believing.
There is no answer.
I will not be conned into believing.
There is nothing we can do.
I will not be conned into believing.
There is not purpose in life.

I will not be conned into believing
There’s only hope in the government.
I will not be conned into believing.
America is not a Christian nation.
I will not be conned into believing.
Rush Limbaugh is our answer.

Get up now.
It’s alright.
Get up now.
It’s alright.

I will not be conned into believing.
Chris Matthews is our answer.
I will not be conned into believing.
Sean Hannity is our answer.
I will not be conned into believing.
Socialism is the way to change.

I will not be conned into believing
That the Republicans are right.
I will not be conned into believing.
That the Democrats are right.
I will not be conned into believing.
That we know everything about 9-11.

Get up now.
It’s alright.
Get up now.
It’s alright.

I will not be conned into believing.
That Obama is a big peacemaker.
I will not be conned into believing
That political correctness is the best.
I will not be conned into believing
That pills will improve our lives.

I will not be conned into believing
That our time heals all wounds.
I will not be conned into believing.
That we don’t know what to do.
I will not be conned into believing
That we’re not okay.

Get up now.
It’s alright.
Get up now.
It’s alright.

I got four other verses
Can you sing? but you get my point.
You gotta keep on going.
You gotta get off your butt.

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2010

Published under Lifesend this post
2010 11 Apr

There are those that never leave America.
They believe it’s a great utopia.
They spew out their arrogance.
And live in their racist trance.

They say, “the west is the best.”
And they forbid any foreign guest.
They push the “American Dreams”
But it’s not what it seems.

It’s a neverending chase for wealth
That will destroy your health.
They rule now by fear.
Always saying, “The end could be near.”

What ever happened to living by faith?
And the Golden Rule that the Lord did saith?
They speak of worse case scenarios
While they eat their morning Cheerios.

They believe their 401K and insurance plans will save them.
They will not; it’s only by Him.
They talk of jobs nonstop.
They work ’til they pop, flop, and drop.

America the Cult rules the world
With its brainwashing media face.
The foundation is torn apart
With each little fear alert.

Don’t care what you think. I love America and feel that something is VERY wrong here and that I must call the American leadership out. Poem was written on 3/7/2007 while living abroad in Bulgaria as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Yes I’m back now and fighting the Good Fight.

Published under Lifesend this post
2010 20 Feb

Here’s my latest song I wrote and recorded last night. Enjoy!

World’s Angriest Hippie

You’re really a bit mad
You’re not a fad.
Not even bad.
Maybe just sad.

You keep us in line.
And doing fine.
We’re all mad too.
We’re all a little bit blue.

Chorus

The world’s angriest hippie
Turning all our heads around.
Pushing all the buttons.

Instrumental break

Chorus

The world’s angriest hippie
Turning all our heads around.
Pushing all the buttons.

You’re getting Understood.
It must feel good.
You’re music is the weapon.
Falling down from the internet zeppelin.

Keep your ideas flowing.
Your planted seeds are growin
The truth is your friend.
And it’s blowing in the wind.

Chorus

The world’s angriest hippie
Turning all our heads around.
Pushing all the buttons.

You’re just a bit mad
And not a fad
We’re sad.

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2010

Download for free here:  http://www.archive.org/details/WorldsAngriestHippie

Published under Uncategorizedsend this post
2010 2 Jan

Here’s a song I recorded today and I adapted the text of the Declaration of Independence. If you are an American and don’t recognize these words it is clearly sad. I changed it up a little but not much. LET’S TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!

Please share this song everywhere.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
We’re all created equal,
And given by our Creator
certain unalienable rights,

life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
We are all created equal,
And given by our Creator
certain unalienable rights,

life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

download the song for free here:

http://www.archive.org/details/IndependenceRemix

Published under Lifesend this post
2009 24 Dec

Improvised this lo-fi psychedelic song last night and someone’s phone rang but I kept it going like we should keep America going. America, wake up from your sleep! Download the song and pass around or RE-RECORD yourself.

Share alike. If you’re from another country besides the U.S. please insert your own country in the lyric instead and record it. We really need to work together. This Global Government thing is a bit off.

Words:

Rise up America.
Rise Up.

Rise Up America.
Rise.

Rise Up America.
Rise.
Rise Up America.
Rise.

phone goes off

Rise Up America.
Rise.
Rise Up America.
Rise.

Rise Up America.
Rise.

Rise Up America.
Rise.

Rise Up America.
Rise.
Rise Up America.
Rise.

Words and Music By Jim Guittard 2009
http://jimguittard.com/

Guitar in Drop D
Chords are only D for chorus

and for change is
C G D
C G D

Download song for free at:
http://www.archive.org/details/RiseUpAmerica

Clips are from We Are Change Chicago, user g20media, and public domain.

Published under Lifesend this post
2009 10 Dec

Transcript

Greetings my fellow peace haters.

I come today to accept my Nobel Peace Prize. It is an honor to receive such an award. It is a funny day. I fooled you guys. I’m laughing my head off now.

Afghanistan, get ready for our troops. Get out the heroin. We’re gonna have a party like there ain’t no tomorrow. Dig it! Word.

And for you haters, who didn’t vote me in, you’re gonna have your rights taken from you. I got some other “Peace” projects in the works.

Let me tell you. You guys know about the “Patriot Act”? We’re gonna rev that thing up a notch. Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Ghandi, and Moses, you all got nothing on me. You be hatin’ on me and I don’t like you guys talkin’ trash about my reputation. Big deal. I hung out with some thugs in Chicago. That’s where I get my ideas. So this prize goes to all those thugs that supported me in the past.

You ask ,”Where do we go from here?” I go up to the top. We’re gonna create a welfare state. In my opinion, this will bring “peace”. What a better way to demobilize and demoralize the American people. It’s a psychological game that I am winning at. I’ll get you where it counts: the brain. Now you will think that government is the only source for help.

This is where I rise up. Oh my gosh. The power that I get. You guys get smashed and I rise.

Dig it! I’m on my game, American people. The check’s in the mail.

You may have objections about me and this peace prize. Don’t worry, I’m on your side. “Yes We Can! Yes We Can!” You remember? I’m so up there.

Al Gore and I are making plans to control the world. You guys are incapable of having any sort of feelings. Keep playing your games and watching Oprah.

Take your damn pills! We got ya! Oh, one other thing. Take you swine flu shot.

Long live the Republic! Peace out, America!

Things To Consider:

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The Framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.”

Hugo Black

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to = remain silent.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The offspring of riches: Pride, vanity, ostentation, arrogance, tyranny”

Mark Twain

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Ben Franklin

Published under Lifesend this post
Next Page »