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Antidote to North Carolina Ugly
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/04/12
Last updated on: 05/04/12
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Given the ugliness demonstrated by so many of the supporters of North Carolina's Amendment One, it is tempting to believe that most of the state is composed of the liars, fanatics, and creeps who have emerged to lead the dispiriting campaign to write discrimination into the state constitution. But if there is plenty of evidence of North Carolina Ugly, we also need to remember that the tarheel state is composed not solely of crazies like Baptist preachers Patrick Wooden and Sean Harris or of rednecks who shoot or urinate on opposing campaign signs. A video recently released by a North Carolina string quartet featuring James Travis Creed and Billie Karel serves as a perfect antidote to North Carolina Ugly.

Vote Against Amendment One: String Quartet, featuring James Travis Creed & Billie Karel from Laurelyn Dossett on Vimeo.

The musicians in the video include Creed (guitar, vocals), Karel (vocals), Karen Strittmatter Galvin (violin), Maria Evola (violin), Peng Li (cello), and Amy Mason (viola). The song, "Vote against Amendment One," is by Laurelyn Dossett. The string arrangement is by Karen Strittmatter Galvin.

The lyrics to the song are as follows.

Stranger there across the room / Your children are my children too / When seven days of May are done / I'll vote against amendment one

Father one or fathers two / Your family is my family too / Ties that bind won't be undone / We'll vote against amendment one

Love thy neighbor, word and true / Your neighbor is my neighbor too / To work beside and lean upon / And vote against amendment one

Points of light and points of view / Your city is my city too / The crumbling walls we'll overrun / To vote against amendment one

We cannot see for red or blue / But your state it is my state too / And when the 8th of May is come / We'll vote against amendment one

We'll rise up with the morning sun / And vote against amendment one / The sounding cry has just begun / We'll vote against amendment one

James Travis Creed has issued this statement: "Working in the Arts has opened my eyes and torn down walls. The people I love come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. I am happy to do my part to ensure ALL North Carolinians can live their life as they please and be happy. I am thankful to have such talented friends and honored to play a small role in making my state a better place to live."

A hat tip to Jeremy Hooper whose excellent coverage of Amendment One at his GoodAsYou blog brought this gentle and beautiful song to my attention.

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