Enough Is Enough

An Open Source Community Video Project

It’s easy to record your video

1. Plug a pair of headphones into your computer
2. Open your video app on your phone
3. Look into your phone and push record
4. Play the video on the right on your computer
5. Sing the words as you see them come on the screen

You can also sing one of the background vocal parts along with the video. Read the left column for more details.

“open source is an intellectual property destroyer”
         – a Microsoft executive

Welcome to the Enough Is Enough Video Project

The song started at a Black Lives Matter march in Harlem NY July 2019. The title comes from the title of that march. 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. I hope that you share any version you make of the song with me. Hopefully, the song will grow up and be out of my sight completely with occasional letters home.

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 our 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. We want to fit at least 50 people in this. 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 

You need headphones or I probably won’t be able to use it. Without headphones the mic will pick up not just your voice or instrument but the music you are playing along with and I won’t be able to edit and mix it properly. You can use earbuds.

If we 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. 

Remember that my philosophy is that music is life and life is music. If you are a human being you have music in you that we need. 

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 or vice versa. You can download a stereo mix or you can play the video on the top of this page. There are a variety of mixes to choose from at youtube.com/enjolis/playlists with different instrumentation, with and without lead vocals. Plug your headphones into one device and video a selfie with the other. Count out the lead in with me including at least one hand clap and one number. This will help me line your track up the way you want it.

Any DAW you like (digital audio workstation). A DAW allows you to adjust the volume of the tracks to give your self the perfect mix. You can also “punch” yourself in if you play something you don’t like or you sing a wrong word. All the DAWs require a learning curve. I can help you with that. In any DAW you use Set the tempo to 170 This is necessary! and again count it in with me. Really just one number and one clap are needed.

Here are four free DAWs. Garageband is preinstalled on most Apple devices. The free ones that I recommend for are Studio One 5 Prime and Tracktion Waveform Free. Honorable mention goes to Audacity because it runs on Linux and it’s open source like this song. You can also try Bandlab online. It might be the easiest to use.  Send me an email at jb@comMUSIKey.org and I’ll invite you to the project.

Reaper. Reaper is my current favorite DAW. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is produced by a small company that uses the honor system in its pricing. $60 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.  I can help you with.

Logic Pro is the program I’ve used since I first got into digital audio in the 80s, that’s the 1980s mind you. I’m starting to prefer Reaper though. Logic only runs on Mac. It’s kind of Garage band’s stepmom. 

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 only use a tiny piece because that’s how I see it fitting into my version. If you don’t like how I use your contribution, make your own version. Download the tracks from the shared folder and put them in your DAW. Set the tempo to 170 and go wild!

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