Getting the Word on Opioid Abuse Out Via Music and the Written Word

The dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disturbance; tranquility,” “a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.” 
 
To find such a place of “peaceableness, harmony, accord, concord, amity,  goodwill, friendship, cordiality, 
nonaggression, nonviolence” – the synonyms in the same dictionary – is what good souls and common-sense minded people strive to achieve.
The easiest thing to do is to give up, just let things happen as they do. But that’s not good enough for an enlightened society where John and Yoko preached in 1969 “All we are saying – is give peace a chance.”
 
 
How do we do as Lennon instructed in his song?  By books, videos, music spreading the positive message of love, peace and happiness, more than just waving a flag, rolling up the shirtsleeves and making it happen.
 
With Kate Genovese’s thought-provoking and important book, Hat Tricks From Heaven, there is the written word and library meets to start generating the conversation.  Boston band 3D, led by Rev. John Tamilio III, has the musical side covered with the 2/11/19 release of a powerful statement “Everthing But Peace.”  The band’s press release gives a solid overview of the composition:
 
 
“Featuring blistering guitar leads and thundering drums, the song captures the chaos prevalent throughout today’s world.  From political corruption to economic domination, from famine to homelessness, from war to the opioid crisis, “Everything But Peace” is a postmodern chronicle of growing global crises. Watch the video: http://tinyurl.com/everythingbutpeace 
 
 
It’s the final lines in the outro that put the opioid crisis front and center:
 
The pushers are all around us 
They’ve could be anyone you meet 
Our children are dying from overdose 
We’ve got everything but peace 
Our children are dying from overdose 
We’ve got everything but peace 
Our children are dying from overdose
 
 
Fifty years ago John Lennon asked the world to “give peace a chance.”  They should have listened.
Fifty years later Reverend John Tamilio is preaching that we’ve got everything but peace…it’s time
to really and truly give it – peace – that chance.
 
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EVERYTHING BUT PEACE  2019
Words and music John Tamilio III  
Produced by John Tamilio III and Greg Dann. Dann also engineered.
John Tamilio on guitars, bass, vocals;  Jim Lindroth on drums
 
    * EVERYTHING BUT PEACE
 
Words and Music by John Tamilio III
Performed by 3D
 
We’ve got criminals in office 
And politicians on the street
We’ve got children in Africa
Who haven’t any food to eat
We’ve got homeless people living on the street
We’ve got everything but peace
 
 
Prepubescents with weaponsAre fighting wars in the Middle East
A child fighting for Democracy
Is killed by the club of a beast
 
 
We’ve got people without clothes burning from the heatWe’ve got everything but peace
Wall Street rules the nation
Anarchy is ruling the streets
The pushers are all around us
 
 
They’ve could be anyone you meetOur children are dying from overdose
We’ve got everything but peace
Our children are dying from overdose
We’ve got everything but peace
Our children are dying from overdose