Prince, feat. Eryn Allen Kane: Baltimore

Written by Joshua Blue

Tenor

June 10, 2020

In response to current protests against police brutality, NYFOS is re-posting Songs of the Day from tenor Joshua Blue, who has been bringing our attention to the Black Lives Matter movement on Song of the Day since 2017. He is currently requesting donations to support the Equal Justice Initiative.

Finding himself deeply affected by the death of Freddie Gray (April 19, 2015 – Baltimore, Maryland), Prince wrote this tribute song. Mentioning both Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, the piece is a reflection on the violence that spread through the country in the past few years from unjust killings. The piece ends with a direct quote from Prince: “The system is broken. It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life…”

“Are we gonna see another bloody day/We’re tired of the cryin’ and people dyin’/Let’s take all the guns away”

Originally posted August 9, 2017

Joshua Blue

British-American tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. Mr. Blue has performed in several standout NYFOS programs, including Protest, W. C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues, and Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.

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