Enough Is Enough

Welcome to the Enough Is Enough Video Project

The song started at a Black Lives Matter march in Harlem NY July 2019. We started singing it while we got ready to march. And then my co-writers disappeared into the throng. 

After the George Floyde lynching, I grabbed that song from my lyrics folder, and three new verses wretched out of me.

The idea for this video is to show solidarity across the globe of people who believe in dismantling the system of oppression towards all Othered people. Part of the dismantling involves letting go of property. In this case, “intellectual property”. My ownership of the song is about taking responsibility for it. It’s still my baby, but I don’t get to decide who she plays with. It’s my responsibility that her message stays true. Anybody gets to dress her in any clothes you want to try, as long as it stays respectful of her message. So I ask that you share any version you make of the song with me before you make it public. Hopefully, the song will grow up and be out of my sight completely with occasional letters home. It’s really the words that I care most about. 

What you see above is just one version. As more people contribute, I will create more space for them. If you got to youtube.com/enjolis/playlists 

My vision for my particular version is that a lot of people send me videos and audio of their musical contribution. Sending me video is important because I want people to see people putting their love into their music.

How to participate:

Step 1: Listen… and imagine. Imagine what you might play, or sing. And imagine what other people might play as well. This will help you to leave space, not only for other players, but for the imagination of the listener. How ever much space you want to include, include a little more. Explore the boundaries of silence.  They are way out beyond the horizon. Play one note for your whole track and you’ll be amazed at what it can do. One technique to try is to limit yourself to 10 notes for the whole song. You can put them all together in an instrumental section or you can play one note every 20 seconds.

Here are some things to think about when recording. I will be doing a lot of creative editing to get as many people as possible into the song.  I just want to make sure you’re cool with having your image made smaller moved around, changed in any way or your audio sliced and diced if artistically warranted. I might use only a small portion of what you contribute. You can specify your needs in the survey.

You can video yourself while you record or you can video yourself after you record, playing along, pretending to record. In addition to the image of you, you can also include any images that you think could go in the movie, but please, I want to see your face.

If you have any questions please email me at jb@comMUSIKey.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Step 2: Record yourself 

If I can get my vocal part down to one line I will be happy. I want as many people singing lead as possible. Same thing for background. Same thing for all the instruments. We might have a dozen drums playing at once, or maybe each gets one measure. We’ll just have to see how it turns out. 

Your phone, tablet or computer. The easiest way to do this is to record into your phone while listening to the song on your computer. You can download a stereo mix or you can play the video on the top of this page.  If you have headphones to plug into the computer and turn off the main speakers it will make the recording cleaner. You want to avoid having the microphone pickup the track in addition to your voice and/or instrument. Using two devices makes it much easier than trying to record and play on the same device.

Bandlab. The next easiest way is to record into bandlab. This gives you more control over the mix you listen to. You can also “punch” yourself in if you want to change something. Go to bandlab.com and create a user account. Send me your user name and email address and I will invite you to collaborate. Bandlab is a free multitrack recording platform that is relatively simple to use. You can access it from any computer online or you can download an app for your phone. After you signup, send me an email and I will invite you to collaborate. Feel free to play around in bandlab. Change volumes of tracks. Add effects. Please don’t any parts though.  

Reaper. Reaper is my current favorite DAW (digital audio workstation) It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is produced by a small company that uses the honor system in its pricing. $60 for life for most casual users. It includes the ability to edit video which is why I’m using it for this project. It’s pretty complicated though. Only use it if you want to have recording be big in your life. Set the tempo to 170

Any DAW you like (digital audio workstation) Logic Pro is the program I use the most but I’m starting to prefer Reaper. It only runs on Mac. It’s kind of Garage band’s step father. I can help you with any DAW you use. Two free ones are Audacity for Mac or PC  and Garage Band for Mac and IOS only. 

Be the artist you are! Let yourself go crazy with your creative self. Try not to think about whether I will like what you do. I might like it but still not use it because I can’t figure out how to fit it into what I’m creating. If that happens, make your own version. Download the tracks from the shared folder and put them in your DAW. Set the tempo to 170

Step 3: Upload your contribution. First read this entire page and then fill out the survey and submit it. Name your media exactly as you did in the survey. That’s it. I will contact you whenever I have added new material to the song.

If you want to download tracks to put in your DAW (digital audio workstation) click on this bold type.  You can also download a stereo mix to play along with and keep it simple.  The link below is where you can upload audio and video files to MediaFire where I will download them into my audio/video software. 

Enough is Enough

Enough is enough
We ain’t takin it anymore
We’re all joined together
To end the endless war
Against all people of Color
By the Spell of Us and Them
We won’t adjust to injustice no more

Enough is enough
But still you want more
You’re trying divide us
But we’re stronger than before
You think that Black lives matter less
than a Target store
We won’t adjust to injustice no more

Enough is enough
but your prayers they are not
let’s look in your portfolio
see what you have got
it can only scratch the surface of
the looting that endures
We won’t adjust to injustice no more

Enough is enough
We’re not takin it anymore
The power of the people
Is stronger than your laws
Designed to keep you rich
And other people poor
We won’t adjust to injustice no more

you can keep on adding more locks to your door
but we won’t adjust to injustice no more