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Women's March on Washington

I Can’t Keep Quiet

Women's March on Washington

Hi Hart Beat. This past weekend has been so well documented and commented on that it’s hard to think I have anything to add to the conversation. Yes, I went down to Washington on Saturday and yes, I marched alongside hundreds and thousands of men, women, and children to show that we are here and dedicated to fighting President Trump if (when) he tries to take our civil rights out from under us.

It was such an emotional day on the National Mall and I’m honored to have been part of one of the largest organized protests across the United States. Riding the bus back from D.C. all I could do was to keep scrolling through my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds seeing all the photos, memories, and comments on that peaceful day. I can’t by any means list them all here but one video that I saw and now can’t get out of my head was this:

The Los Angeles-based singer known as MILCK knew she wanted to do something memorable for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C on Saturday. So she contacted a small group of other singers from across the country to coordinate a flash mob performance of MILCK’s song “Quiet,” an emotional rallying cry for self-empowerment and unity. The group of women rehearsed together via Skype and rendezvoused in D.C., where they performed a capella versions of “Quiet” several times during the march.

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Heart-wrenching, right Hart Beat? The singer MILCK now has my ears and I can’t quite listen to anything other than both the acapella and the original version of “Quiet.” Here’s the original with a beautiful video,

And, in case all of this isn’t enough, are the lyrics to the song so that you too can learn it. We can sing it at the next march together, Hart Beat.

Put on your face, know your place
Shut up and smile, don’t spread your legs
I could do that

But no one knows me no one ever will
If I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say

I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
A one woman riot, oh-oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone
Anymore

Cuz no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, take that dry blue pill
they may see that monster, they may run away
But I have to do this, do it anyway
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
A one woman riot, oh-oh
Oh I can’t keep quiet

 

Hannah Hart Beat

Art Before the Women’s March on Washington

Women's March on Washington

Hart Beat! Are you going to the Women’s March on Washington this weekend? I’ve spoken only a little about November 9th and what the election and its result has meant to me, my friends, my family, and my neighbors. Sometimes I feel like I have lots to say. And other times I read articles like this one from the NYT and start to cry on the subway again. Then there are the days that I’m so fired up and angry I can hardly sit still.

One thing that has helped has been listening to women. Women artists like Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim. Women artists like Cheryl Strayed and Zadie Smith. Women singers like Nina Simone and women reports like Ann Friedman. I’m going to be in Washington this weekend with hundreds of thousands of women and men and one thing that I’ve enjoyed lately is the official march’s Instagram account. They’ve been showing art by different women in preparation for the day and so I thought I’d share some of my favorites here with you. At the bottom of this post you can find their names and handles so you can follow them too. If you have others please let me know! See you in D.C., Hart Beat.

P.S. I found this article helpful for getting ready for the march. If you have any tips send them my way!

https://www.instagram.com/weezyvc/

Hannah Hart Beat

Artists in order of their appearance here,

  1. Louisa Cannell / @weezyvc
  2. Jennifer Maravillas / @jennifermaravillas
  3. Kimothy Joy / @kimothyjoy
  4. This is DYNASTY / @thisisdynasty