Our title, Sparrows Song, has a lot of meaning when it comes to the story that we are trying to portray. As a group we collectively agreed on the title because a sparrow represents freedom. The birds are referenced a lot in this song to show how peoples freedom are fragile all over the world.
The theme of our song is control and we believe that it relates to all of our topics in many ways. Our topics include women's rights, child labor/soldiers, education,human rights, LBGT rights, and disabilities. Our song comes from the perspective of a child under oppression who notices how horrible the world around them can be. This child sees many of our topics in their journey throughout their life and sees how they're impacting the lives of people around them. The child is starting out their education when their world flips and they are taken hostage. They realize thy are trapped and their is nothing that they can do about it. Their freedom is gone and they are enslaved into a world unknown to him.
Control is the word that surfaced among all of our topics, this is because in all of the topics that we have researched throughout the year we noted how people are being affected by the surroundings and people in power. We also researched how the people impacted have no control in their situation that they are placed into. We have learned how these harsh topics relate to places not only in the United States but worldwide. Since the topics are world wide we also had to look at the geography of our topics to figure out which place we wanted to focus our topics in, because geography also plays a major role in the type of culture the area has. All of these elements had to come together in order for us to express how our topics related to our theme of control.
Our song is a combination of extended research on Education in Africa, Child Soldiers, Child Labor in Southeast Asia, LGBT Rights in South Africa, and Disabilities in Africa. Throughout all of this research a common theme of control reoccured on various occasions. In the topics mentioned, the people involved were oppressed of their rights in their region and were stripped off their identity. We wrote this song to give them their voice.