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"Walls to Fall", Berlin, 2014
The Walls to Fall conference at the Allianz Stiftungsforum, Berlin, November 2014

The "Walls to Fall" conference in the atrium of the Allianz Stiftungsforum,
Pariser Platz, at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 2 November 2014.

The theme of the conference: "Overcoming the walls in our heads.
Germany discovers the value of its social innovators." Organized
by the GENISIS Institute for Social Innovation, as part of events
commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

photo: David John © 2014
 
Hugh wrote the theme song for the event.

Walls to fall (The WeQ-Song)

Words and music by Hugh Featherstone.
 
Walls to fall (The WeQ-Song)

Don’t tell me you don’t feel it, we’ve known it from the start
The wall is in your head; the bridge is in your heart
It’s everything we came down here to say
Where there is a wall, there is a way

No time to call the papers, no time to call the cops
They’re running out of headlines, we’re running out of jobs
Words are shouted up and down the street
Not a single word that we can eat

[Refrain:]
We tear down one, just to find another one
We tear down ten while you build them up again
The future could be bright enough for all
But not while there are walls to fall!

Laws protect the ones who make htem, even when they kill
I guess it all looks perfect from your castle on the hill
But right outside your garden is a world
The bricks that built your mansion can be hurled

"Equality" in poverty, "minorities" of power
Maintaining dumb majorities for twenty cents an hour
Is this the way you liberate the poor:
You tease them with the life they’re dying for?

[Refrain:]
We tear down one, just to find another one
We tear down ten while you build them up again
The future could be bright enough for all
But not while there are walls to fall!

Walls between the races, walls between the creeds
Walls between the people with their identical needs
The "We" is so much stronger than the "I"
The things we share should open up the sky

[Refrain:]
We tear down one, just to find another one
We tear down ten while you build them up again
The future could be bright enough for all
But not while there are walls to fall
Not – while – there – are – walls!
  See also a video below of Hugh Featherstone
and the Featherstones performing the song
at the "Walls to Fall" conference.
 
Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones on stage at the Walls to Fall conference, Berlin, November 2014

"Hugh Featherstone & Band"

Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones on stage at "Walls to Fall", Berlin, 2 November 2014.

left - right: Kristaps Grasis (bass), Christian Sichert (percussion), Hugh Featherstone (guitars & vocals)

photo: David John © 2014
 
Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones playing at Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

"Hugh Featherstone & Band"

Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones playing at "Walls to Fall", Berlin, 2 November 2014.

left - right: Kristaps Grasis (bass), Christian Sichert (percussion), Hugh Featherstone (guitars & vocals)

photo: David John © 2014
 
Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones performing at Walls to Fall, Berlin, 2014

Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones playing at "Walls to Fall", Berlin, 2 November 2014.

left - right: Kristaps Grasis (bass), Christian Sichert (percussion), Hugh Featherstone (guitars & vocals)

photo: David John © 2014
 
Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones at Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

Hugh Featherstone and the Feathertones playing at "Walls to Fall", Berlin, 2 November 2014.

left - right: Kristaps Grasis (bass), Christian Sichert (percussion), Hugh Featherstone (guitars & vocals)

photo: David John © 2014
 
Christian Sichert and Hugh Featherstone, Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

Christian and Hugh

photo: David John © 2014
 
Hugh Featherstone (guitars and vocals), Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

Hugh Featherstone (guitars and vocals)

photo: David John © 2014
 
Hugh Featherstone, Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

Hugh Featherstone (guitars and vocals)

photo: David John © 2014
 
Kristaps Grasis, Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

The Latvian guitarist Kristaps Grasis (bass)

Kristaps and Hugh have played together at several concerts,
including gigs by the band LoKal Heroes (see the News page).

photo: David John © 2014
 
Kristaps Grasis (bass), Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

Kristaps Grasis on bass

photo: David John © 2014
 
Percussionist Christian Sichert, Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

Percussionist Christian Sichert.

Over the last three decades Christian and Hugh have played together at more gigs
in more places than anybody can count. Christian has been a member of Red Shift,
The Tone Poets, The Feathertones and A Panel of Experts, and features on the CDs
West of Eden, News from Nowhere, Red Shift, Live at the Chapel and 9 on the sub-prime.

photo: David John © 2014
 
Christian Sichert, Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

Christian Sichert

Although Christian is capable of making a lot of interesting noise on stage,
offstage he is a very quiet bloke. He is also difficult to photograph as he is
usually surrounded by microphones and an arsenal of percussion instruments.

photo: David John © 2014
 
Christian Sichert (percussion), Walls to Fall, Berlin, November 2014

And this one sounds like this ...

photo: David John © 2014
 
Candles at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 2 November 2014

Rows of candles laid out on Pariser Patz, on the east side
of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, as a memorial to victims
of the war between Russia and the Ukraine.

photo: David John © 2014
 
Hugh Featherstone - WeQ-Song from Neue Weltsicht und Heilung.com on Vimeo.
 
Video of Hugh Featherstone and the Featherstones performing the song Walls to fall
(The WeQ-Song) at the "Walls to Fall" conference, Berlin, 2 November 2014.

If this video does not play on your computer or phone,
see the original at Vimeo: vimeo.com/111195469.
 
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