Music by Bernice Johnson Reagon, text by June Jordan from “Poem in Honor of South African Women”
Commissioned by REDWOOD CULTURAL WORK, world premier, performed by the Redwood House Choir conducted by Elizabeth Seja Min, November 24 & 25, 1995 in Oakland CA. The commission of this work was made possible by a grant from Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Progam, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace-Reader Digest Fund.
“For some time I have been trying to express in music what I feel greed is doing to organized human culture. It seems to me that so much of what is wrong in the world can be laid at the door of greed. In the fall of 1994, I was invited to give the closing presentation for the Furious Flower Poetry Conference held at James Madison University in Virginia. I wrote a piece about greed that I read as a prose poem for my presentation interspersed with songs. After that I wondered if I could sing the work. This wonderful commission from Redwood Cultural Work gave me the opportunity to focus on my need to sound on the subject and Anybody Here? is the result.”
—Bernice Johnson Reagon
- Anybody Here?
- Tedious Journey
- Don’t Mind
- Still Got to Get Up in the Morning
- Reprise: Anybody Here?
- Recessional: “We are the Ones…”
In 1998, Greed was released on “…twenty-five…”, Sweet Honey’s twenty-fifth anniversary recording. The disc featured an ‘enhanced’ component which allowed people to connect to Internet resources related to the issues raised in the songs – domestic violence, global women’s movements, corporate accountability and the need to create possibilities for a sustainable future. Below you will find some of the web sites that were listed as resources related to Greed:
GREED: Internet Resources
- has a vision of equitable and sustainable distribution of wealth amongst the world’s population, underpinned by global attainment and protection of human rights and by governance structures which permit local communities control over their own affairs. OneWorld is dedicated to harnessing the democratic potential of the internet to promote human rights and sustainable development.
- The Web Of Simplicity
- provides an overview of the simplicity movement, highlights of some of the best resources for simplifying, and presents a general tour of their web site. You won’t find every answer here, but you will find links to many articles, books, audios, videos, workbooks, and courses that can start you down your own personalized path to simplicity.
- Positive Futures Network
- is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people’s active engagement in creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. PFN is the publisher of YES! A Journal of Positive Futures.
- Corporate Accountability Project:
- of the world’s 100 largest economies, 51 are now global corporations, rather than countries.
- counters corporate-led globalization through education and activism. We work to foster democratic control over corporations by building grassroots globalization–a diverse movement for human rights, labor rights and environmental justice.
- The International Institute for Sustainable Development
- promotes the transition toward a sustainable future. We seek to demonstrate how human ingenuity can be applied to improve the well-being of the environment, economy and society.
- is a national grassroots corporate watchdog organization. Founded in 1977, Infact is best known for its successful Nestle and GE Boycott Campaigns, and its new film, “Making a Killing.” In fact is now organizing the Tobacco Industry Campaign and the Hall of Shame Campaign.
- The Multinationals Resource Center
- (MRC) provides valuable information, free of charge, to Southern activists, environmental and consumer groups and journalists. Through its research and outreach programs, MRC functions as a unique source of support for activists in these countries. In a small but important way, MRC is strengthening grassroots organizations and activist networks, and serves as a vital counter to the largely unchecked power of corporations.
- The Center for a New American Dream
- helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice. The Center works with individuals, institutions, communities, and businesses to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture, and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.