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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-19-08 06:13 PM
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FIRED UP! - Vote Obama on Tuesday
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Recently I read a comment by a person from France who said Barack Obama is "hope made human." Senator Obama's quest to restore hope and love in society is touching people around the world, not just in America. Here's my latest video in tribute to the movement that he has created. Following the inspirational speech by Barack Obama in Philadelphia, I was moved to make a new video with the first song written by Bergevin Brothers Music in support of the campaign. I have never met the Bergevin Brothers and we live on opposite coasts. Our talents have merged as a direct result of the challenge to hope, believe and change. Yes, we can.

"Why Obama?" Three brothers share their story. Joe Bergevin watched Senator Barack Obama tell a story about one person, Edith Childs, who energized others with a "fired up, ready to go," chant at one of his campaign stops. Inspired by Obama's "One voice can change the world" speech, Joe wrote some lyrics and rough chords then called his brother Jon to help him compose and arrange the song. They named it after Edith's chant. After many phone calls, emails, and sleepless nights, they had assembled the team. Ten days later an epic recording was born with the intention of spreading Obama's hopeful message. Contributors include lead singer Reverend Pat Wright and her renowned Total Experience Gospel Choir, drummer Matt Cameron from Pearl Jam, lead singer Jake Bergevin, other top studio musicians, sound engineers, video teams, photographers, caterers, local news teams and a renovated theater with recording studio. From the first word written to the last note performed, this entirely donated and collective effort demonstrates Senator Obama's unifying message and Americans' desire to act on it. We were in awe of how freely people said, "Yes!" to this project. His words "For that is our unyielding faith-that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country, can change it" demonstrate that great leaders motivate others. Barack is a great leader.

"I would have never imagined participating in an event like this, suddenly having a bunch of people come together on behalf of a political candidate; contributing immediately, so fully and unconditionally," said Stephan Schier, one of the project contributors.

Edith Childs said in the Greenwood Index Journal "I just had no idea that something done spontaneously would go this far -- in a good way," Childs said. "But as far as the song, I think it's cool. And I'm going to go online and see the (music) video when it comes out. But look, I did (the chant) in June, and I had no idea this is where we'd be on January 25."

Stay in touch with the project at: ...

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Featuring the following artists:

Composition: Bergevin Brothers Music - Lyrics and Music (Joe), Music and Arragement (Jon)

The Band:
Jon Bergevin - Piano, Musical Direction
Osama Afifi - Electric Bass
Matt Cameron - Drums (Pearl Jam)
Arturo Rodriguez - Latin Percussion
Frank Seeberger - Electric Guitar
Jessica Howard - Tambourine

The Singers:
Pastor Pat Wright - Lead Vocals and Choir Direction
Jake Bergevin - Lead Vocals
Grady A. Austin - Spoken Vocal and assistant choir direction
The Total Experience Gospel Choir

Sound Engineering:
Chip Butters - Sound Engineering
Mark Yeend -- Sound Engineering
Category: News & Politics
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Fresh Toones Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-19-08 08:17 PM
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1. Right on
Fired Up is ready to go. Do your best to get this music and video out there. It should certainly move our brothers and sisters to register to vote. Tremendous piece thanks.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-19-08 08:32 PM
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2. Welcome to DU, Fresh Toones ! I enjoyed this, too. nt
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-19-08 09:28 PM
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3. Wow! that was great!
:toast: Bravo!!

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TexasLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-19-08 10:10 PM
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4. damn but I love that music!!!
But Im an R and B, Gospel nut that just added it all together!
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-19-08 10:30 PM
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5. Love that music ~ nt
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 05:30 AM
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6. The song & video are great - Here is more on the lady that started the "Fired Up" cheer.....
Edited on Sun Apr-20-08 05:32 AM by 1776Forever
I bet she is amazing! The way Obama talked about her the day he met her I can just hear her as he said he was tired and was just trying to get through the day and then from behind him he heard the chant - Fired Up - Ready to Go and she kept it up until the entire crowd was chanting it! Wow!

Here is more on this tremendous lady:

Backer's chant 'fired up' Obama

By Christina Bellantoni
September 23, 2007

The new Obama Girl is "fired up" over the Democratic presidential hopeful, but she prefers a church hat to the skimpy shorts favored by her predecessor.

Edith Childs, 58, had no idea her chant for Sen. Barack Obama would become a campaign slogan. In fact, the Illinois Democrat regularly invokes Mrs. Childs on the stump as a way to prove "the power of one voice to change the world."

The way Mr. Obama tells it, Mrs. Childs started chanting "Fired up! Ready to go!" at a campaign appearance on a day when his spirits needed boosting.

Mrs. Childs, a Greenwood, S.C., County Council member, is locally famous for her get-out-the-vote cheerleading.

But Mr. Obama said he didn't understand why "this little woman, maybe 5'1", 5'2", she's got an outfit on, got a big church hat" started chanting, "Fired up! Ready to go!" as he worked the room.

"My staff and I, we're looking at each other, we don't know what to do," he says on the stump. "But here's the thing after about a minute, I'm starting to feel kind of fired up. And I'm starting to feel like I'm ready to go."

Mr. Obama even gets crowds to start repeating "Fired up! Ready to go!" before instructing them: "Let's go change the world."

Mrs. Childs, a retired nurse, was surprised when a friend who visited Ottawa, Iowa, told her the politician was using her chant.

"I've never been a campaign line for anyone except myself," she told The Washington Times.

Mrs. Childs first heard the chant at a state NAACP convention in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

"It stuck with me all this time," she said.

Mr. Obama visited Greenwood known as the "Emerald City" in June, but only recently started telling the story of the slogan.

It goes something like this:

Mr. Obama had agreed to visit Greenwood a community of 22,000 people that's an "hour and a half from every place else" in hopes of getting the endorsement of a South Carolina legislator. He arrived at midnight, "exhausted" after a busy campaign schedule.

He tells crowds he was irritated when his staff informed him they would need to be on the road by 6 a.m., "because you promised we would go to Greenwood."

"I wake up, and I'm feeling terrible, back is sore. I open up the curtains; it's pouring down rain outside. There's a bad story about me in the New York Times," Mr. Obama says, usually drawing laughs.

There were two stories about Mr. Obama in that day's New York Times one on the original Obama Girl, a scantily clad lip-syncher named Amber Lee Ettinger, who became famous for declaring "I've got a crush on Obama" in a Web video.

The other story detailed how his campaign had been caught distributing a negative memo about his chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

The opposition research memo riffed on Mrs. Clinton's own joke that she could be elected the senator from Punjab because of strong support in India, and called her "D-Punjab." Mr. Obama blamed his staff for the memo and suffered from negative headlines calling his positive campaign disingenuous.

On the way to Greenwood, Mr. Obama's umbrella breaks and he is soaked by rain. When the senator arrives in the town, he is greeted by a small crowd. (Mrs. Childs and newspaper accounts pegged it at 40. In Mr. Obama's story, 20 were there.)

He's "grumpy," and "they're not all that excited to see me, either," Mr. Obama recalls, but he said he started shaking hands and "doing what I have to do."

Mrs. Childs' voice travels across the room. "She says, 'Fired up!' and everybody in the room says, 'Fired up!' And then she says, 'Ready to go!' and everybody in the room says, 'Ready to go!' " he says.

The chant has become the finale of his stump speech, and Mr. Obama tells supporters: "It goes to show you what one voice can do. One voice can change a room. One voice can change a city. One voice can change a state. One voice can change a world."

Mrs. Childs, whose name is never mentioned in his story, says Mr. Obama doesn't remember the first time they met at an April event in Columbia, and she has not been in touch with his campaign.

Still, Mrs. Childs couldn't be a better spokeswoman, telling The Times she likes Mr. Obama because he is "humble" and "a realist" who "gives hope to those that are hopeless."

She said as she watched him personally greet voters that rainy morning, she thought he was "different" and decided she would give him a pep rally.

When the senator tells the story, he leaves out the rest of her lyrics from that day: "Go out and vote, go out and vote. Senator Obama, Senator Obama, will be, will be, our next president, our next president."

"By this time, he's grinning," Mrs. Childs recalls. "And we were fired up for sure. We were laughing and singing, just excited."

As for that church hat, "I am a hat wearer," she says, recalling that it was beige with a leopard-print trim.
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NOLALady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 05:35 AM
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7. Wow.
I wish I could make this into a ring tone.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 10:24 AM
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8. You know what'd be great?
Have the artists perform this live at the the national convention. Can you imagine the nergy level??? :-)

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