I’ve been riveted by the news and happenings in Iran over the past couple weeks, and feeling moved by the passion of the citizens of that country. Most of you by now know the name Neda. Neda Agha-Soltan was the 26 yr. old Iranian woman who was out on the street with her music teacher when a sniper shot her in the chest. She lost her life in the street, and over and over and over again on video on the internet and news programs.
I didn’t use the word “die” on purpose because she is alive in so many people’s hearts now, and has been an inspiration to many…giving courage to those who continue to fight for their freedom in the streets of Iran.
Watching her pass before my very eyes for something she so strongly believed in, and being so willing to put herself in harm’s way was moving beyond words.
I composed a new piece of music for her. This is the demo version that I just finished writing, recording and mixing in my studio a few minutes ago. It’s a free download. Please feel free to download it, share it, remix it, etc.
In the beginning of the track, you’ll hear audio from the video that was aired around the world. WARNING – the video extremely graphic:
At 1:21 you’ll hear a woman yelling at the police (military?) who are beating innocent people walking the sidewalk. She’s yelling to them to beat her instead. Audio is from this video:
Her translation from the youtube page:
“Hit me. Not hitting me now that Im filming?
Come on hit me. Hit me once. Weren’t you just hitting me before?
How many people have you hit?
Hit. Hit him.
Yes, yes you must hit them.“