During lockdown, I got to grips with audio production and put together an album of music and spoken word under the name Deckie Learner. My initial intention was to not use my voice. I was only partially successful in this regard, but the other tunes featured a host of people I admire.
Here is the Youtube playlist featuring all of the tracks:
Anyone doubting the power of words need only look to the prison sentences handed out in the wake of the nationwide riots of August 2011. Two teenagers posted up a call to insurrection on Facebook. Another young man urged his friends to violence and destruction via the BlackBerry Messenger system. None of them had smashed a window, or looted a shop, or set a property on fire, or struck a civilian or police officer; but for composing such words and pressing the send button in a moment of childish adrenaline fuelled madness, they all received a combined prison sentence of more than a decade. Sending out a tough message indeed. Continue reading →