• Ted Reyes

Black Lives Matter: Silent, I Will No Longer Be - Free Music

Updated: Aug 10

In light of what's going on in our country, I've been writing and recording a lot of songs in the hope of raising awareness for the blatant systemic racism and police brutality against our African-American friends.


I know that this is not in the same magnitude as a well-known celebrity doing something similar but hey, everything counts at this point so I don't really care if my work is viewed by one person or a million. Everyone must do what they can.


Yesterday, Sheryl and I were at a #BlackLivesMatter protest in downtown Jersey City, which was attended by about 4,000 people. It was truly remarkable.


Anyway, as we chanted with our fellow protesters, we shared the experience live on our social media accounts and posted some photos as well. Soon enough, I received a direct message from an African-American friend of mine who asked if he could use some of my footage for something he is planning to do. Of course, I said yes. And then after I wished him well and told him to stay safe always, here's what he said:


"I am safe and well because my allies are safe and well."


That alone – that one line reply, makes everything worth it. If we can help amplify these issues and demand change in anything we do, even if it only reaches one person, do it.


Which brings me to this little blog of mine and the music that I produce. From now on, I will devote time and effort for this movement anyway I can. Because, silent, I can no longer be.

Words & Music by Ted Reyes


It’s hard to believe

All that I see

A blood-tainted road

A body on the floor


Thunderous shrieks

Enter my ear

A white hooded man

Holding a spear


Then the man asks as he screams

What about the color of your skin


I can’t breathe

I’m on the ground

Watching the world turning

Waiting ’till everything changes

Everything but the color of my skin


Unbroken chains

Spirits are torn

Slaves we were born

Slaves we remain


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Enjoy the music and please take some time to learn about racism, how to be anti-racist, African-American culture, and other related issues. You can also donate to Color of Change by clicking here.

Words and Music by Ted Reyes


I don’t know what’s happ’nin around here

the broken windows and the cities in flames

Deep inside me something is burning

There’s no one else for me to blame


It’s a lie!

It’s a game!

The time has come to scream your racist name


I’ll swing

I’ll slay/sway

There’s no a sign of hope for us in the future


Na na na! (swing!)

Na na na! (Slay)

Let’s kill the prejudice in your head!


You lit a match by killing the helpless

You’ve been doing this for a hundred years

You turned your back on the needy and hopeless

A warning shot, your destruction is near!


Tell me how does it feel? (I wonder)

to crush my neck under your knee?


Free download here

Enjoy the music and please take some time to learn about racism, how to be anti-racist, African-American culture, and other related issues. You can also donate to Black Lives Matter Global Network by clicking here.