songwriting

‘The Lady’s Not Returning’ – A Song on Thatcher

I’ve just recorded and uploaded my latest song, ‘The Lady’s Not Returning’, to my SoundCloud (it’s free to hear, download and share). The song is on Margaret Thatcher, the most divisive (and destructive) Prime Minister Britain has arguably ever seen, and comes of course around the time of her £10m publically-funded funeral. If you oppose what Thatcher stood for, have a listen and feel free to pass it around. There’s also a little YouTube video of it here.

Thatcher is gone, but her ideology is still with us – particularly with the current government’s vicious austerity programme which is ruining the lives of millions of people and failing to sort our economy. The Iron Lady’s ideas aren’t yet Rusting in Pieces…

Like all my stuff the song is on a Creative Commons license so you can basically do what you want with it. Hope you like.

I’ve just launched a new Facebook page for my music stuff – feel free to like it to keep up to date: www.facebook.com/josiahmortimeracoustic

You might also want to listen to two other new songs of mine – 99 Reasons (a tribute to the People’s Assembly Against Austerity this June), and A Movement and a Reason, dedicated to the student protests of 2010 against tuition fees and a call for a new student movement –

On a final note, I recently did an interview on my music with York Vision, a student newspaper at the University of York. Have a read for more info on my song-writing and what I’m up to musically. Exciting times! www.yorkvision.co.uk/scene/interview-with-josiah-mortimer/

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‘March’ – a song for the TUC’s ‘A Future That Works’ Demonstration

There aren’t enough modern political songs. Especially not about this government. In a feeble aim to fill part of that massive gap I’ve written a song in support of the TUC march for A Future that Works, being held on the 20th October in London. The song is part of a project called ‘Make The March‘, which encourages artistic and musical work to promote the demonstration, as well as new talent (and of course opposition to austerity).

Five works will be picked out by comedian Josie Long and artists Bob and Roberta Smith, the most ‘shared’ of which will win £100. So if you think it’s any good, please share the song (even if you’re not keen on the song itself!). Half the dosh in the unlikely chance I win will be given to the Green Party, who I believe are the only serious political party to support a real alternative to austerity based on green jobs, fair taxation and an end to costly wars and nuclear weapons.

Anyway. Share it around by going to the Make The March page here and Tweeting/Facebook-ing it. Ignore the poor iPhone recording. It’s a small contribution to enraged-British-youth political music, but a contribution nonetheless. See you on the streets!

You can find out more about Make the March here.