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New West songwriting couple strike again

Donnie and Marian Lochrie, a songwriting couple who also perform as Kick in the Eye, have created a video supporting Occupy Vancouver. - Photo contributed
Donnie and Marian Lochrie, a songwriting couple who also perform as Kick in the Eye, have created a video supporting Occupy Vancouver.
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When inspiration hits Donnie and Marian Lochrie look out.

For the second time this year they spent a weekend writing and recording a song and then making a video out of hit for YouTube.

By day, they are mild-mannered teachers. After hours they're a garage-style band called Kick in the Eye that plays farmers markets, clubs and children's venues.

In June, they conceived and cobbled together Our Canucks in support of the hockey team's run for the Stanley Cup. Last week they watched an interview with one of their favourite authors, Canadian social activist Naomi Klein who was supporting the Occupy Wall Street protest over corporate power and greed.
"It just summed up the emotional feelings of the protestors. That's what we liked about the interview, she had a lot of emotion," said Donnie.

With Occupy Vancouver beginning on the weekend, they got right to work.

"When we get the inspiration there's nothing that can stop us," Lochrie said.

So, they got out their pencils and chart sheets and went to work. They finished writing A Song for Wall Street (The Future is Made) Friday evening. Around 1 a.m. on Saturday some friends came over to their Moody Park household with recording equipment finishing at 5 a.m. After a couple of hours shuteye, they headed to their gig at the Vancouver Farmers Market at Trout Lake before going downtown to Occupy Vancouver to take pictures for a video.

"We were running on all cylinders," said Lochrie.

By Sunday, they had pieced the video together and uploaded it to YouTube. After Occupy Vancouver retweeted it they picked up 4,000 followers. (www.youtube.com/user/kickintheeyevideos)

In his university days, Lochrie took history at UBC. He knows movements come in cycles, and watched in recent years as middle-class wages fell while corporate profits skyrocketed. That's why his favourite lyric comes near the end of the song: "You had to take it just a little too far, awake a generation wherever they are."

"I remember when I went to university there really wasn't a protest movement, there really wasn't anything to protest in the 1990s. Finally there is something to awaken this generation, and by generation I mean Generation X. We noticed at Occupy Vancouver they were mostly in their late 20s and into their 30s, which is Generation X," said Lochrie. "It seems to be that generation finally has a purpose."

Kick in the Eye has been invited to sing the song at a benefit Saturday afternoon at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver in support of activist Brigette DePape, who held up a Stop Harper sign during the throne speech in the Senate on June 3 while part of the parliamentary page program.

As for Our Canucks, Lochrie said he and Marian are thinking of rerecording the vocals so it will have a fresh take for the team's next playoff run because "This is our year, 2011, the Cup is coming here" doesn't quite work any more.

ggranger@newwestnewsleader.com



A SONG FOR WALL ST. (The Future is Made)

We’re giving it straight up
You’re losing your heads
We saw you do it, everyone did
How long have you played the wolf in disguise?
Before you know it we opened our eyes

We don’t want to hate you, you don’t understand
We need a little of that love thy fellow man

Why are we out here? We’re taking a stand
What? Ya thought we didn’t understand?
The pools of credit, mountains of debt
And how we’re drowning in your best scheme yet

No, it’s not unreasonable, maybe you’re unaware
You don’t have to be equal to be fair

I got two strong hands and a Robin Hood mind
And I believe that it’s a matter of time
A band of merry men have got my back
On the Internet on the attack

We don’t want to hate you, you don’t understand
We need a little of that love thy fellow man

The future's not set, its made
The future's not set, its made
The future's not set, its made
The future's not set, its made

You had to take it just a little too far
Awake a generation wherever they are
This’ll haunt you for the rest of your lives
The people together are coming alive

No, it’s not unreasonable, maybe you’re not aware
You don’t have to be equal to be fair

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