Anti-war song becomes Internet 'Hit' with protest groups

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Released via the Internet on the evening of President Bush's State of the Union address, "We Don't Want Your War" by independent musician Jynkz is quickly becoming a hit with war opposition groups. With almost 10,000 downloads to date, protesters from San Francisco to Stockholm are rallying around the artist's anti-war chant. The song is freely available at http://www.jynkz.com.

As more people become increasingly frustrated and angry with President Bush’s crusade for war, the world turns to the Internet to unite, discuss and even find music that brings solace. Protesters have embraced one song in particular, which has seen record downloads since the President’s State of the Union Address last week.

<img src="http://www.jynkz.com/images/about/jynkz_13.gif" align="right">We Don’t Want Your War" an angry pop song by independent musician Jynkz, was released the night of Bush’s speech but instead of taking chances on the song’s success by sending it to a hundred radio stations, Jynkz simply posted the song to the Internet and sent emails to protest groups.

"It’s amazing", Jynkz states, "there’s been almost 10,000 downloads in less than a week". In non-Internet terms, that means the song has been listened to and copied by thousands of people. And according to Jynkz, listeners are coming from around the globe, from his hometown in San Francisco to Stockholm.

"I love stuff like this", says protester Gene Barr who uses the Internet in Phoenix, Arizona to communicate with others around the nation that share his sentiments. "I don’t have time to attend protest rallies each week, but I’m also frustrated with our nations leaders. Songs like this make me feel like I’m not alone. I can send this to my friends and it helps remind us all to stay strong in our fight".

Email with a link to the song is how it has proliferated the anti-war community. People that hear the song and like it send email about the song to all their friends and the music spreads like a chain letter. "People must really like the song. I think they come to the site to see the video", says Jynkz, referring to a two minute slideshow of his song with images of war’s horrors, Hitler, Bush, and crowds of protesters from major world cities. "The video and song together are very emotionally moving so people download a free copy of the song while they’re visiting. They love the fact that it’s free"

Protesters are even starting to use the song at their rallies. Jynkz was surprised to hear his song being played at a rally in his hometown. "I was just driving by and I heard it. It was kind of freaky because it had only been released 4 days earlier". And radio stations are beginning to request CDs to play with the furthest request being from a station in Singapore.

The song is available for free from Jynkz’s Web site (http://www.jynkz.com). Written as his contribution to the anti-war effort, Jynkz says, "There’s a lot of power in music. This was something that I wanted to give the world – to do my part and speak out against the war. I’m glad people have embraced it"

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