Songwriter of ‘CCP Flu Blues’ on Communism and Spirituality
Even in the darkest hours, if people hold on to “the love that flows within us,” humanity can pierce the darkness, musician Peter Graham told The Epoch Times.
The 69-year-old British singer, songwriter and charity founder gained attention last year when he released “CCP Flu Blues,” a satirical song about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) covered up the epidemic and the origin of the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, the impact of the pandemic around the world, forced labor in Xinjiang, and forced organ harvesting from Falun practitioners Gong.
According to the description on YouTube, the song was dedicated to whistleblowers in Wuhan who tried to warn the world about the virus but were silenced and “disappeared” by the CCP.
In an interview with The Epoch Times and its sister media NTD on May 3, Graham said he wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but the reaction was “overwhelmingly positive.”
“People really wanted to hear this, they wanted to hear this message in a relatable form.”
Graham said he originally thought of calling it Wuhan flu because it rhymes better “but it’s not fair.”
“You can’t call it the Chinese flu either, because the Chinese are not to blame,” he said. “It’s a flu from the CCP because they obviously developed it.”
Graham was referring to widespread speculation that the CCP virus may have accidentally escaped from a laboratory into the human population.
“I’m just trying to post pictures of the different situations and then try to get someone to do their own research, to do their own investigation,” Graham told The Epoch Times.
A World Health Organization (WHO) report released in March said the CCP virus likely spread to people via an unknown animal, but WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the mission to study the origins of the virus had not properly analyzed the others. theories.
“As far as the WHO is concerned, all hypotheses remain on the table … We have not yet found the source of the virus,” Ghebreyesus said.
Much of the report’s conclusion was based on WHO’s investigative efforts in January and February of this year. Critics noted that the Chinese Communist regime had an important role in their investigation and accused them of engaging in cover-up again.
We will be free
Graham recently updated one of his old songs “We’ll be free” – which he wrote in the 1980s about the Berlin Wall – to reflect a different communist totalitarian regime.
“I was starting to understand communism in the early days, and how the Soviet Union was pushing people down,” Graham said.
“When the Berlin Wall came down, and [the] The Soviet Union collapsed, it seemed like it was over. … But then China emerges, and the same force of evil is at work. And that’s why these songs connect across the decades, ”he said.
Graham said that although he has seen many “very terrible” things, he believes “we will be free.”
“You say it: we will be free. And that’s the chorus, ”he says.
Graham said he had a sense of destiny in this regard.
“When I started out, I played in a band in front of the wall at the big rally, and wrote a song for it,” Graham told The Epoch Times.
In 1987, Graham and his group performed “The Wall” in front of the Berlin Wall, two years before its fall.
The performance was part of a rally called “Die Mauer Muss Weg!” (The Wall Must Go!) Organized by The Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles.
Thinking back to the event, Graham felt that “it was a point of union, and it had an effect.”
He said he reposted those old songs to connect people.
“I think that’s really the big lie, that you’re in a bad situation, that you’re completely on your own,” Graham said. “But actually, why did I make these songs [a] kind of anthemic style is because it goes against that.
“Together we are strong,” he said. “If enough good people stand up, nothing can resist it.”
Shine your light
Graham was born in India to a Scottish father and an English mother. His grandfather was in the British Army in India at the time. He moved to London at the age of four.
Ever since Graham got his first guitar at the age of 14, songwriting and performing has been a backdrop throughout his life. “Everything that I have done has kind of been put in this journal of music and songs,” he said.
Thinking back on his trip, Graham said that nature and God would give him inspiration.
“I have always had no doubts about the existence of God, and that also gives inspiration,” Graham said.
“I want to express the harmony and the breadth of the vision and kind of give hope at the same time,” he said.
“As I went through and discovered things, met people, and also discovered the real reality of our world. And it’s simple, good and evil are at work.
It was then that Graham started trying to orient his music to “be a force for good,” he said.
He was brought up in Christianity, which “takes care of me personally,” Graham said, “I also really respect and understand other points of view, like more Buddhist or more universal points of view. [views]. “
Graham’s spirituality is expressed in the lyrics of his new song “Shine your light”, which he hopes to release in a few weeks.
“Hold on, shine your light. Hold on, in the middle of the night. Keep it strong, turn it on, make it bright, ”read the lyrics.
Planning to join like-minded people in performing at events such as world peace festivals, Graham said he wanted to “unite the light.”
“If you shine your light, it comes from you, then you connect with a higher light. And then you drill, ”Graham said.
“And it’s not just you, but then hopefully it’s a consciousness around the world. This light will cross the whole world. “
Asked what message he would like to share with the world, Graham replied, “I think your light shines. Just find what you have to share and try to share it. Yeah, just be honest, try to be honest.
World Cultural Association
Another way Graham was trying to “unite the light” is through his charity called the World Culture Association.
Originally founded in 2009 to highlight human rights issues and provide a platform for different voices, the World Cultural Association organized “The Free China Concert” in 2012.
Last year, during the CCP virus pandemic, Graham decided to revive the organization and turn it into a charity to help more people.
The UK charity and a UN registered NGO are working with residents of local communities to shelter abandoned children in Congo, provide livelihoods in the Philippines and help flood-affected areas in Indonesia. Graham said he hoped to grow the charity and that it would be “extremely helpful” if more people wanted to donate or volunteer.
Jack Phillips and The Daily Caller News Foundation contributed to this report.