Just Say No to GMO
Pre-Amethios Song (Health Ranger)
Just Say No to GMO music video and song by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, editor of NaturalNews.com. Written and performed by Mike Adams, this song exposes the lies of the GMO biotech industry, specifically mentioning Monsanto and genetically modified corn. It also features rap lines from Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception.
Song Commentary (by Amethios)
"Just Say No to GMO" was a tremendously fun song to write, produce and publish. In this commentary, I'll share with you some of the behind-the-scenes action on creating the song (and the video).
I'll start with the question people are asking me: Yes, I sang both the lead vocals and background vocals. It was all recorded in layers using an audio editing software package, and no I do NOT use "vocal harmonizers." I do all my harmonies myself, manually, the natural way. I don't use machines to fake it.
I had originally hoped to write this song over the summer of 2010, but I didn't really find the time until September, when the whole song to me in a creative flash over one weekend. Once the words came together, I was able to do the recording in essentially one day (I used my own home studio for recording).
Not using other vocalists makes production really fast, so I was able to do most of the recording on that same weekend. Over the next week or so, I fine-tuned the vocals to balance sound levels. I also had to change some of the words a bit. The line about Monsanto was originally, "Hell no you didn't." But I changed it to "Oh no you didn't" because I wanted parents to play this song for their kids, and I didn't want one single word getting in the way of the song being more widely shared.
The most difficult part about the lyrics was actually making Jeffrey Smith rap out. I didn't have Jeffrey in my studio or anything -- all I had was some recordings from an interview I had done with him at the Health Freedom Expo earlier in 2010. So I worked through those to find some interesting words, then I mixed those together to make Jeffrey rap for us! (He liked it, too, once he heard it!)
The music itself was quite interesting for this song. I licensed the core beat tracks from a professional music company, then remixed it with additional beats.
The Music VideoThe video took some work. I ended up filming the live action parts (me singing in front of the camera) in my office with a camera on a tripod. Nothing complicated, actually.
The rest of the scenes were pieced together from licensed photos and video segments. Jeffrey Smith made some available to us also, so I thank him for letting us use those photos.
We decided to display on screen all the lyrics to the video in order to help those who are hearing impaired, and if we had more time, we would have released a version of the video in both Chinese and Spanish (we may still do that, actually).
For my live action part, I basically just found a black shirt, put it on, made sure my hair wasn't a total mess, and then hit record. No makeup, no wardrobe, nothing. Since I had already written and sang the song, it was pretty easy to sing it again on camera.
I decided to use a black-and-white take to indicate the background vocals. This created some interesting contrast that makes the video a lot more fun to watch than a single take using the same background.
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This song, along with the efforts of many other people, is having a strong an impact to raise awareness about the dangers of GMOs. The public is waking up, and they are not going to tolerate GMOs being secretly put into their foods! At the very least, we need mandatory GMO labeling. Better yet, we should just have GMOs banned!
Song by Amethios, with spoken lines from
I'm lookin at the food that's in the grocery store
So I'm lookin for the non-GMO label 'fore I bring it home and put it on my table
Those Frankenseeds that they sow
I don't want eat poison, I don't want gene mutations at my dinner reservations
Keep their profits alive while they
GMO safety huh that's a corporate myth
Don't eat food unless you know what's in it
Reject Frankenfoods in the store
Before our farms start dyin'
Those corporate crooks are lyin'
This time we're not complyin'
We're just not buyin' it
Song and Lyrics © 2011 by Mike Adams, All Rights Reserved.
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