Sharing My Xmas Gift of Music

Eric-DinThis Christmas I got a rare gift of music from Eric Din, singer/songwriter, founder of The Uptones. It seems he made a special recording of four songs he wrote recently titled Peace And Love And Rock And Roll part 1. He recorded the songs at Michael Rosen’s East Bay Recorders, and then he sent the EP as a gift to his Xmas list. What a great gift! Right after I got used to fact that this sounds nothing like The Uptones I loved this recording. It’s a solid rock record!! The songs are magnificent! I’ve spoken to Eric and he’s ok with me sharing one song with you.

I chose the title track. Give a listen. Gr8 guitar work! Gr8 song! Love the sentiment!

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“A Top-Notch Enjoyable Listen!”

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Here’s a listen:

Can A Song Questioning The Use Of Guns On T.V. Be Entertaining?

T.V. Guns is currently: “My most favorite song, I’ve ever produced.”  It’s also one of the most meaningful songs I’ve been involved with.

It’s amazing, in my lifetime, just how much music has changed things. I think as a society we should all be concerned with glorification of guns on T.V. and video.  The golden age of smoking in film was bad enough. Is the world we live in now going to be known as “The Golden Age of Gun Abuse On Video?”

Eric Din, the songwriter of T.V. Guns, is always making a point about the world he lives in. This entertaining song is so topical, and Eric’s voice is so intelligent. Give it a listen:

The Berkeley California Ska band, The Uptones have always made their opinions about the world we live in known, while still rocking out. A feat that very few can achieve without sounding pompous.

I’m such a fan, I’ve seen almost all their recent shows.

It’s also been my pleasure to help this song become realized.

-Matthew King Kaufman

“Outback” by Ben Eastwood, performed by The Uptones

Outback

Thirty eight dead when the cops
bashed heads in Johannesburg today,
And the bombs go off in Hamburg
and in Libya and Bombay,
Well there’s war in the streets at home
and you can see it on your TV screen,
And everybody’s asking their own god,
well my god, what does it mean?

and I can’t predict the future, but I can see what’s come before,
I can’t predict the future, I can only see what’s come before,

Between East Berlin and West Berlin
they built a wall with a barbed wire top,
And everybody here has to live in fear
of the day when the bomb will drop,
Well there’s one world and it’s big enough for all,
but the blues and reds they had to build a wall,
And no one can live in peace until the stones all fall

I can’t predict the future, but I can see what’s come before,
I can’t predict the future, I can only see what’s come before,

And as the sun comes up in the Eastern sky,
more of God’s children are bound to die,
And as the sun goes down, in the West,
the blood of the rest on the hands of you and

I can’t predict the future, but I can see what’s come before,
I can’t predict the future, I can only see what’s come before

© Ben Eastwood / Eric Dinwiddie, King Wood Music

The Uptones – “Outback”

“It Takes Money” by Paul Jackson performed by The Uptones

It Takes Money

The rich are gettin richer, the poor is gettin poorer,
It’s such a low down, cryin shame,
There’s so much dirty money, dirty dirty money,
You don’t get to get it, don’t you understand?

It takes money, to make money
It takes money, to make money

Oh that little donkey, he made an up-kick,
Made such a mess out of the place,
All ya people workin, clean it up now,
And when you’re doin it with a smile on your face

It takes money, to make money
It takes money, to make money

Go down to the bank, get on your knees,
Excuse me banker, I’m beggin you please,
I need some cash, for food in the pot,
Give me a little and I’ll pay you back a lot

It takes money, to make money
It takes money, to make money

© Paul Jackson, Zymurgy Music

The Uptones – “It Takes Money”