Before our eyes

by Daniel Cherniske

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This piece has been a journey to create, and one that every time I sing brings new things to my attention, new challenges and inspiration to my life. New meaning.

At this time, I sing it in strength and solidarity with all those on the ground opposing continued corporate colonization of the land, water, air, and our human and animal communities. ALL profits made from this track will go directly to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe efforts to permanently halt construction of the illegal and utterly disastrous Dakota Access Pipeline.

I want to clarify a lyric: In the second verse, I say "As we integrate solutions, join peaceful revolutions...".

To be clear, the lyric "join peaceful revolutions" does not invalidate the many struggles and resistance movements which have at times used direct action or clashes with equipment or property to stand up and communicate. For example, the Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore and Charlotte, which strongly and unequivocally demanded justice and answers. Their voices should continue to be heard, and as a privilege holder in this American society, I will continue to listen when confronted with anger.

Thank you so much for listening. I hope this song stirs something in you, or makes you think or feel in any way.


released October 1, 2016
Incredible producer: Brad Schrandt. Cello: My wonderful little sister Karina Cherniske. Saxophone: My amazing little brother Ivan Cherniske



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Daniel Cherniske Olympia, Washington

My name is Daniel Cherniske. I am a teacher, student, and musician among many things. I sing from my heart, from the joy and deep pain I feel, I sing.

Thank you for listening and caring.

You inspire me and I am excited and grateful for our further connection.

Take care, and breathe deep.
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