West Seattle schools: Roxhill kids to songwrite with Psalm One

You often hear about writers’ residencies at schools – but West Seattle’s Roxhill Elementary is about to get a singer/songwriter in residency, and students will be writing a song with her. The clip above is a song by Chicago-based hip-hop artist Psalm One, who is coming to Roxhill next Monday and Tuesday to write the song, which will then be recorded on Wednesday. Psalm One’s song in the clip above (PG-rated), “Woman at Work,” includes echoes of the fact that her resumé includes work as a chemist (explained in her bio)! This is part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a program whose organizers explain as combining literacy and athletics in an afterschool program for elementary-school students in underserved communities. The Roxhill song will be featured on an album that “includes Psalm One’s original songs with other SCORES teams throughout the nation,” according to one of three separate announcements we’ve received about this big event.

8 Replies to "West Seattle schools: Roxhill kids to songwrite with Psalm One"

  • monroe1200 September 29, 2011 (12:07 pm)

    The video has been removed due to copyright infingement…that doesn’t sound too good considering this person will be teaching our kids. I would have thought that stealing would be frowned upon.

    • WSB September 29, 2011 (12:42 pm)

      Actually, Monroe, it wasn’t posted by Psalm One herself – and the fact I put it in this story may well have flagged somebody to the fact someone ELSE put her stuff up (therefore infringing copyright). Always hard to tell on YouTube. They flagged something of ours once just because we shot a breakdance performance where recorded music was played in the background. This clip WAS active when I previewed it before posting so this just happened w/in the past few hours. Thanks for the heads-up and I will go find another clip! I didn’t find one she had posted herself at first glance, or else I would have used that from the get-go … will substitute as soon as I find something. – TR
      (added) I couldn’t find “Biochemistry” on her own YouTube page, which shouldn’t raise any further copyright flags, but did find “Woman at Work,” with video relevant to the science aspect, so I’ve substituted that.

  • 2 cents September 29, 2011 (2:02 pm)

    Monroe – Psalm One is a reputable artist signed with Rhymesayers Entertainment. If copyright infringement had occurred, it’s because someone else infringed upon Psalm One’s own copyright. Biochemistry and Women at Work are both songs penned by Psalm One herself.

    Let’s not jump to judgement when we’re unfamiliar with our targets.

  • monroe1200 September 29, 2011 (3:14 pm)

    I didn’t jump to judgement, that would have been whoever has control of posting notices of copyright infringement. BTW, it was Stones Throw records that claimed some copyright infringement occured, so something must have triggered them to claim that, from what I gathered she is using something of Stones Throw without permission.
    So, let’s not jump to judgement when we’re unfamiliar with our targets.

  • 2 cents September 29, 2011 (5:40 pm)

    Again, since Psalm One wasn’t the one to post the video, the infringement wouldn’t have been against her. Psalm One has worked with Stone’s Throw in the past, so it wouldn’t be surprising that they were the one to issue a notice.

    When you say, “I would have thought that stealing would be frowned upon.” and imply that “this person” who “will be teaching our kids” was the one “stealing” then you are judging without researching first.

    But I’m not about to start something on a neighborhood blog, I’m just saying, Hey: Maybe let’s not all be so negative about everyone we don’t know. If someone’s been chosen by the school district to travel over state lines & educate our children at a local elementary school, that choice in this economy was not made lightly. Let’s be excited that she chose to accept. Psalm one is a leader in activism on diversity issues, an extremely intelligent female role model, and a talented musician. Roxhill Elementary must be ecstatic to have her.

    So, I apologize for ruffling your feathers. I was reactionary to your ruffling mine, and I should have just let you sit where you were.

  • monroe1200 September 30, 2011 (10:19 am)

    I couldn’t have said it better 2 cents…I am sorry for wording it the way I did. Have a happy weekend. Peace out!

  • Dorothy Claybourne October 6, 2011 (4:33 pm)

    Wow, what a spirited debate!

    As an official representative from the Psalm One camp, I can say that we have not committed any copyright infringement. The Official Woman at Work Video can and should be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Ls9KSmhTw

    • WSB October 6, 2011 (4:49 pm)

      Thanks, Dorothy. I originally had a YT clip with a static visual and audio of some other song – then the reader above noted it was no longer available – and I realized it was not an “official” clip, so that makes sense. The version above is indeed from the “official” PsalmOneTV YT channel – or it was when I got the embed code! Good luck with the rest of the tour! – Tracy @ WSB

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