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Song Compares Beijing Olympics to Nazi Olympics

August 19, 2008

By Katy Mantyk and Evan Mantyk
Epoch Times
August 17, 2008

NEW YORK -- As criticism of China's underhanded tactics and failed
promises mounts during the Beijing Olympics, a song comparing the
Beijing Olympics to the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany was released on
Friday. The song "Feels Like 1936 Again," sung by the Tracey
Chapman-like voice of Courtney Dowe and produced by David Bowie
drummer Sterling Campbell is a haunting and heart-stirring anthem of
conscience for the modern world.

The song poignantly asks: "Can you hold an international track meet,
when you got a labor camp right down the street? Can you sponsor the
Olympics in 08, when you still imprison people for their faith?"

China's Communist regime has used the 2008 Summer Olympics, which run
through Aug. 24, as their coming out party—a chance to establish
themselves as the next great superpower. By spending over $20
billion, they have spared no expense to make sure that the Olympics
display only their strengths. What the regime isn't letting the world
see is their horrendous human rights abuses and freedom squashing
that continue to afflict the more than 1 billion people inside China today.

"The people of the world must tell the [Chinese Communist regime] in
no uncertain terms that not only do we strongly disagree, we will not
give consent to these atrocities by remaining silent as they happen,"
said Dowe, a Falun Gong practitioner. The peaceful spiritual practice
has been banned in China and severely persecuted there since 1999.

When China got the Olympics bid in 2001, the Communist regime
promised to improve human rights in China, but international human
rights organization have agreed that the promise not only hasn't been
kept, but that preparation for the Games has prompted even worse
abuse in China.

"In the run-up to the Olympics, the Chinese authorities have locked
up, put under house arrest and forcibly removed individuals they
believe may threaten the image of 'stability' and 'harmony' they want
to present to the world," according to Amnesty International.

"Feels Like 1936 Again" notes that the situation is surprisingly
familiar to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which were used by Adolf Hitler
to justify his Nazi regime. In 1936, Germany emerged as the winner in
the medal count with the United States second, while today China is
neck and neck with the United States in the medal count.

And so history repeats itself the song notes: "The Olympic Spirit
hangs its head in shame, when police states are allowed to host the
games. Like Germany when Hitler reigned supreme, seeking glory for
his murderous regime."

A Dark Subject

The horrors of imprisonment, torture, and murder in a modern
communist state are not easy to digest in a pop song, but that's
exactly what Dowe and Campbell set out to do.

Campbell decided to take the original folk song written by Randall
Efner in a more mainstream direction, giving it a wider appeal, and
more chance to get noticed.

"Just on my part, I had to create an atmosphere, you've got to draw
people into it. It's hard these days, cause people listen to the beat
first. It was originally a folk song, so people might not pay
attention to it," said Campbell, who has worked with Cyndi Lauper,
the B52s, and Duran Duran.

"I also worked with Courtney a lot on the lyrics and how to express
it, what should be strong. The instrumentation I just wanted to keep
simple and sparse. A guitar strum, organ, drums. It's got that mood
to it—more melancholy," he said.

The beautifully deep and rich vocals of Dowe drift over a solemn and
organic organ, while, the accompanying youtube music video takes
viewers on a journey from Berlin to Beijing, juxtaposing Nazi
soldiers in the 1930s to modern day Chinese Communist solders.

Dowe said she was inspired by Efner's lyrics.

"It's what you'd call 'urban folk.' I really have a respect for
artists like Bob Dylan" and I would definitely put Randall Efner in
that category, that level of song writing and conviction, he doesn't
back down from the subject at hand. I am honored that he allowed me
to record his song," said Dowe, who is currently working on her debut
album with Blackout Studios in Baltimore.

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