EMW WOMEN'S CLINIC BENEFIT

Hey folks I'm playing another benefit this Thursday at 12pm to raise money for EMW Women's Clinic here in Louisville, KY. This free 10-minute show will be broadcast again through ConcertWindow, where fans can donate to musicians during their performances. After the show I'll transfer all the proceeds to EMW Women's Clinic.

Here's where you can watch the show:
https://www.concertwindow.com/dustinedge

Established in 1980, EMW Women's Surgical Center is the only licensed center in Kentucky offering abortion services. Their doctors have highly-specialized training in abortion care with a total of 50 years of experience. In addition to their excellent medical and surgical care they are deeply committed to the overall health and wellness of their patients. Learn more at www.emwwomens.com.

COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS BENEFIT

Hey folks I'm playing another benefit this Thursday at 12pm to raise money for the Coalition for the Homeless here in Louisville, KY. This free 10-minute show will be broadcast again through Concert Window, where fans can donate to musicians during their performances. After the show I'll transfer all the proceeds to the Coalition for the Homeless.

Here's a link to where the show will appear:
https://www.concertwindow.com/dustinedge

The Coalition for the Homeless has been the voice of the homeless in Louisville for over 25 years, working closely with homeless service providers in our community, civic groups, concerned citizens, faith-based groups, and our local, state, and federal governments. Its efforts are targeted in a three-prong approach: 1) Educate the community about homelessness and inspire action, 2) Advocate for system changes, and 3) Coordinate the community response to homelessness through efficient use of resources and funding. Learn more at www.louhomeless.org.

FAIRNESS CAMPAIGN BENEFIT

Hey folks I'm playing another benefit this Thursday at 12pm to raise money for the Fairness Campaign here in Louisville, KY. This free 10-minute show will be broadcast again through Concert Window, where fans can donate to musicians during their performances. After the show I'll transfer all the proceeds to the Fairness Campaign.

Here's a link to where the show will appear:
https://www.concertwindow.com/dustinedge

Founded in 1991, the Fairness Campaign is a broad-based community effort dedicated to equal rights. Its primary goal is comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Fairness Campaign accomplishes its goals through public education and advocacy, political activity, community building and reciprocal alliances with others in the social justice community. Learn more at www.fairness.org.

KENTUCKY HARVEST BENEFIT

Hey folks I'm playing another benefit this Thursday at 12pm to raise money for Kentucky Harvest here in Louisville, KY. This free 10-minute show will be broadcast again through ConcertWindow, where fans can donate to musicians during their performances. After the show I'll transfer all the proceeds to Kentucky Harvest.

Here's a link to the show:
https://www.concertwindow.com/dustinedge

Founded in 1987, Kentucky Harvest has as its mission to “get food from people who have it, but don’t need it to those that need it, but don’t have it—free of charge.” An expansive network of volunteers picks up food that would otherwise “go to waste” from restaurants, bakeries, hospitals, food purveyors, stores, food goods manufacturers, schools, families, and individuals. This food is then delivered to the needy at homeless shelters and food pantries around the region. Through the generosity of donors and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, last year over 2 million pounds of food were placed in needy hands. Learn more at www.kyharvest.com.

WEST END SCHOOL BENEFIT

Hey folks I'm playing a benefit show online next Thursday at 12pm to raise money for West End School here in Louisville, KY. This free 10-minute show will be broadcast through Concert Window, where fans can donate to musicians during their performances. After the show I'll transfer all the proceeds to West End School.

Here's a link to where the show will appear:
https://www.concertwindow.com/dustinedge

West End School is a free, private, college preparatory elementary and middle school for at-risk young men in Louisville, KY. There is no charge for admission since all tuition expenses are paid through donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Learn more about West End School at www.westendschool.org.

Thanks for watching!

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

Won't someone please think of the children? Alright. I ask that you join me in donating to The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.

My wife and I wake up every morning and care for our kids. We get them dressed, bring them food, and attempt to make their days fulfilling and meaningful while keeping them safe. Every child deserves the right to have someone there to help them through life.

The kids that The Young Center help come to America for many reasons—political upheaval, extreme poverty, child labor, abusive homes, or just searching for their family. From where many of us sit, it's difficult to believe that this actually happens. But it absolutely does. And regardless of the circumstances, these kids need our help.

The Young Center provides legal guardians for trafficking victims and unaccompanied immigrant children who, in most cases, must navigate the immigration system alone, without an attorney or any other adult to help them.

The Young Center Child Advocates speak the children’s languages and often share the same cultural background, creating meaningful ties with each child while advocating for his or her rights so that no matter what happens—whether they remain in the US or return to their home country—their safety is ensured.

I humbly ask that you donate with me to support this organization.  We must treat the most vulnerable among us with love and guide them away from harm. Let's help these kids however we can.

Thanks.

DONATE

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Here's a song by Pete Seeger...

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IF WE COULD CONSIDER EACH OTHER

A NEIGHBOR, A FRIEND, OR A BROTHER

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL WORLD

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IF EACH LITTLE KID HAD ENOUGH MILK EACH DAY

IF EACH WORKING MAN HAD ENOUGH TIME TO PLAY

IF EACH HOMELESS SOUL HAD A GOOD PLACE TO STAY

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IF THERE WERE NO POOR AND THE RICH WERE CONTENT

IF STRANGERS WERE WELCOME WHEREVER THEY WENT

IF EACH OF US KNEW WHAT TRUE BROTHERHOOD MEANT

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IF WE COULD CONSIDER EACH OTHER

A NEIGHBOR, A FRIEND, OR A BROTHER

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL WORLD

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

IT COULD BE A WONDERFUL WORLD

THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE

Today’s organization is 

The Anti-Defamation League

There are people out there who do not believe that we are all created equal, that each of our lives are important to the same degree. Perhaps they’re afraid of what they don’t understand. Perhaps they are angry about something and feel the need to direct that anger at another group of people. Whatever the case, we cannot allow for the profileration of hatred. If humanity is going to survive, we must continue to demonstrate that love and kindness make our shared existence worth living. We must fight against discrimination however we can in order to bring about equality for everyone, everywhere.

The Anti-Defamation League fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy, serving as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators, and the public. In addition to combatting hate crimes and hate on the Internet, the ADL also advocates for immigration reform, expanding LGBT rights, advancing women’s equality, and much more.

Even if you can only donate $1, please consider supporting the Anti-Defamation League so they can continue to battle against hate and discrimination, wherever it may be. And like I said before, if you can’t afford to give, please just go out and do something that makes the world a better place.

Let us not give up hope.

DONATE

Find your local affiliate

www.adl.org

Here's a song from Woody Guthrie...

ALL YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

WELL I'M GONNA TELL YOU FASCISTS

YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED

THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD

YEAH THEY'RE GETTING ORGANIZED

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!

RACE HATRED CANNOT STOP US

THAT'S ONE THING YOU SHOULD KNOW

YOUR BIGOTRY AND MISOGYNY

AND YOUR GREED HAVE GOT TO GO

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!

PEOPLE OF EVERY COLOR

WELL THEY'RE MARCHING SIDE BY SIDE

YEAH THEY'RE MARCHING CROSS THE FIELD

WHERE FASCISM’S GONNA DIE

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YEAH YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!

I'M GOING INTO BATTLE

WITH A GUITAR FOR A GUN

GONNA RID THIS WORLD OF SLAVERY

BEFORE THIS BATTLE’S DONE

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

ALL OF YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOSE!

YEAH YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOSE!!

THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION

Hey everyone.

Today’s organization is the 

American Civil Liberties Union

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been a guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in our country.

Even if you can only donate $1, please consider supporting this important organization that fights for the rights of all Americans. If you can’t afford to give, just go out and do something that makes the world a better place.

DONATE HERE

Find your local affiliate here.

Here's another new song. I wrote it with the hope that, even in the face of darkness, we will carry on for what is right and just in this world. Let us always strive toward a better tomorrow, lest the powers of hatred and fear overwhelm us.

Thanks for listening.

THE BETTER DAYS

OH WHAT CAN A PERSON DO?

SOME DAYS YOU JUST WANT TO RUN AWAY

AND SAY YOU'RE THROUGH

BUT WHERE WILL YOU GO?

WHERE WILL YOU HIDE?

WHERE WILL YOU END UP

IF YOU'RE TOO SCARED TO TAKE A SIDE?

PEOPLE, I KNOW

THAT IT'S SO HARD TO GO IT ALONE

SINKING LOW IN THE STORM

BUT WE MUST CARRY ON

FOR BETTER DAYS

COULD BE ON THE WAY

KEEP YOUR SOUL AWAKE

COME ALONG AND SING

FOR BETTER DAYS

TELL ME NOW, PLEASE

REALLY, WHAT THE FUCK?

I SWEAR THAT SOMETIMES

IT SEEMS THIS WORLD HAS RUN AMOK

WHEN WILL THIS HORSESHIT END?

OR WILL IT GO INCESSANTLY ON

UNTIL WE'RE REMNANTS OF LONG AGO?

OH PEOPLE, I KNOW

THAT IT'S SO HARD TO GO IT ALONE

SINKING LOW IN THE STORM

BUT WE MUST CARRY ON

FOR BETTER DAYS

COULD BE ON THE WAY

WITH MY SOUL AWAKE

I WILL HELP CREATE

THE BETTER DAYS

THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

Hey everyone. I’m starting a video series to help support different causes throughout the country that need our help now more than ever. Each song will be accompanied by information on a different charity or non-profit organization, plus a link to where you can donate. Even if you can only donate $1, $5, $10, these organizations are out there fighting for all of us in order to make the world a better place.

Our first organization is the 

Natural Resources Defense Council

The NRDC combines the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 lawyers, scientists, and policy advocates to secure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. You can learn all about the work that the NRDC does everyday throughout the world 

right here.

You can donate to the Natural Resources Defense Council here.

As for the music, I couldn’t think of a better song to start with than this one. I know that playing this and posting it on the internet isn’t the same as going to a protest rally, or litigating for those in need, or writing the inspiring words that many of my friends post online day after day. But it’s something, I guess. And I hope it helps, even if just a little. Regardless, thanks for listening. I’m excited and hopeful as I start this project. I hope you join me in supporting some people who could really use our help. 

MAY THE TIME COME

MAY THE TIME COME 

WHEN WE WILL ALL BE FREE

AND WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU

IS WHAT’S BEST FOR ME

SO RAISE YOUR HEAD

COME AND BANG YOUR DRUM

OH YEAH MAY THE TIME COME

MAY THE TIME COME 

WHEN IT WILL ALL MAKE SENSE

AND WHEN NO ONE LIVES

AT ANOTHER’S EXPENSE

SO RAISE YOUR HEAD

COME AND BANG YOUR DRUM

OH YEAH MAY THE TIME COME

MAY THE TIME COME 

WHEN WE WILL ALL FEEL LOVE

FOR WHAT’S HERE ON EARTH

AND IN THE STARS ABOVE

SO RAISE YOUR HEAD

COME AND BANG YOUR DRUM

OH YEAH MAY THE TIME COME

OH YEAH MAY THE TIME COME

OH YEAH MAY THE TIME COME

DEMO 11.23.2006 7:58am

Here's Prague 24.

Unless I've forgotten something, this was my first foray into string arrangements using virtual instruments. As you'll undoubtedly discover, it's very remedial. One day it would be nice to return to school to attain a more classic musical education. I suspect it would not only provide a wealth of knowledge, but augment my adeptness at composition overall. Thanks for listening.

DEMO 10.13.2006 1:48am

Here's Prague 15.

The folder says this idea originated in October 2006, but the earliest file I have is from February 2009. There's no way of knowing what changes may have happened between that time since I was still dumb enough not to number my sessions. As I may have mentioned, the dates and times listed above in the titles for each post refer to the moment when the file was first created, even though the files are always from a later date when I had made some actual progress.

Blah Blah Blah.

This was the idea that led to Weights & Measures, the second track off By The Numbers.

Version 1
2.26.2009 2:28pm

Version 2
3.5.2009 11:45am

Version 3
3.26.2009 12:30pm

Here's the final.

Thanks for listening.