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SWEET FREEDOM PROJECTS
Sweet Freedom has in the past, and continues in the present, to involve itself in a variety of diverse projects, the aims of which are to give voice to the unheard, to bring justice to the oppressed and to encourage peace and freedom within our communities.

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Our Time

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. ~ Jimi Hendrix ~

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When language is awkward, when historical touchstones are out of reach and when cultural reference points are bewildering, there is always … music

The ‘Eyes Are Windows’ project was initiated after discussions between Logan City Council and Logan Community Renewal - not just to showcase the talent so prolific in the area, not just to create further bridges between cultures but to offer a musical backdrop where possible to the lights and shades of a diverse and growing community.

Sharing stories with fellow coffee drinkers and sausage sizzle aficionados in the Wembley Road Tribe of Judah Food Van was a valuable experience for us songwriters. We learnt one another’s names. It was Jeff who said he wasn’t used to people remembering his name but when it happened, it made him feel important …

say my name & I’ll say yours too, it’s how we both get through

eyes5All cultures it seems have an equivalent metaphor relating to eyes being the windows of the soul. The African women’s group have showcased themselves and opened their ranks to welcome male Samoan vocals into their vigorous rendition of the title track. Leaving behind family, friends and familiarity to make a fresh start, at its best sets up an adventure with challenging prospects – exciting as one’s world expands but at other times being paralyzed by homesickness and a desire for things to be as they used to be. Our conversations with those who echoed such thoughts evolved into the comforting lyric

miss my family miss my home Logan’s nothing like the place I’ve grown in but I feel safe & I’ll be staying around –
love will find you on the way


eyes4Spiritual home of those who share the Yugambeh language, stories abound in Logan and are passed down from one generation to the next. Member of the Yugambeh Aboriginal community, Rory O’Connor maintains the vocal tradition by sharing with us ‘My Father’s Voice’ – a valued tale relating to the abduction of a group of boys around 1859, their determination to survive and the ever-presence of a devoted father.

eyes3PCYC members have collaborated on the track ‘Woodridge Dreaming’. So characteristic of young people is their spelling out of the negatives – what they don’t want to do, where they don’t want to be, whom they don’t want to be associated with etc. Their resilience however, is persistent and their sense of hope is sustaining …

there’s got to be a better way – there’s gonna be a better day for my dreams to finally breathe
Troubled kids with challenging backgrounds could have been conveniently ignored. Their perspectives and insights however are part of an authentic collage and contribute to their and our collective wisdom …

loss and gain are always there in all my choices
I toss and turn and battle with those raging voices, the shape and colour of my future here in my hands
sometimes a part of life will end – sometimes we need to start again

eyes7All in all, feelings of optimism have permeated through the resident engagement and subsequent song crafting process – not a naïve optimism but one that has been attuned to frustration and struggle and, for many trauma and relocation. Long-term residents have a different view. Their roots are well established and their support systems intact. Those with whom we spoke are welcoming and also anxious that relatively recent arrivals find peace, safety and acceptance.

As in all communities, one introduction often serendipitously leads to another. Shaun Dorney, music coordinator for the Logan-Albert Beaudesert District of Education Queensland pointed us in the direction of Dave Stuart, music coordinator of Woodridge High who summoned the enormous talent of his students. The collaboration demonstrated musically that Logan is a place of hope where painful aspects of the past can be put aside and dealt with incrementally while the future beckons with that enticing prospect of better days.

eyes6let our children dream and their futures soar
let our cautious hearts feel free once more
to embrace ourselves and our neighbours too
as the morning breaks over Logan

Short Song Samples

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