I woke up on October 25, 2011 and felt the urge to send a “message” to Congress. That morning, I woke up at 5:45 and wrote most of the song at the ironing board by 6:00. Then I got ready for work. Kenny Simmons, formerly of the Commodores, said, "I like this." I went back to GarageBand and made a few adjustments. By December 13, 2011 (4:57 PM) I had received the finished CD from Disc Makers.
I am a full time Science teacher in the Newark Public Schools (New Jersey); sometimes I am referred to as “Mr. D.” I graduated from Princeton University (same graduating class as Michelle Obama) with a degree in Social and Personality Psychology. I spent my first eight years in Haiti. In March 2010, I visited Haiti to help with some relief efforts and to document the devastation that occurred as a result of the January 12th Earthquake. I have addressed some news issues with my work on CNN iReport. Some of my videos were featured on CNN’s TV broadcasts. I have done some writing on Helium.com as well as Yahoo Associated Content.
I am a firm believer that everybody counts. I equate the “voices” of each American to a dripping faucet. Each “drop” by itself seems insignificant but if you have a bucket collecting each one, after a while the bucket will fill up and eventually overflow. I wrote this song because of the collective “voices” or “drops” that I heard on the news programs; the “voices” that I heard in the newspapers and in the streets. I heard so many people saying “Why aren’t they doing what will help us?” So the question for me became; “How could they sit there? How could they sit there doing nothing when so many are suffering?”
I want to send a very loud and clear message to all of our elected representatives and remind them that the American Government is a Government of the people, for the people and by the people. Individuals vote, not corporations! I would like this song to get maximum exposure through radio, the internet, television, etc.. I hope that many will download this song, play it and sing it everywhere. I hope it is played publicly in Washington, DC so that when members of Congress hear it, they will start to develop a conscience and a memory that tells them that they “owe it to the people” to do what will help Americans. American “voices” need to be heard!
The song is available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/how-do-you-sit-there/id490379639?i=490379889&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mariodepeinesr
Here is my website: http://www.depeinemediaworks.com/
Visit me on Facebook: Mario Depeine,Sr. (How Do You Sit There?)
A little about Mario Depeine, Sr.
As an educator I get the opportunity to get a small glimpse of how our society is shaping up. Children come into the classroom with all types of perspectives. A lot of the perspectives are a result of their environment. Some of those perspectives reflect the home life or lack of. Some reflect the street life and some just reflect the media that the children are exposed to.
Middle School children are just starting out in life. You see how their characters and personalities are shaping up. Many can be molded or adjusted easily others are a lot more resistant to change depending on their circumstance.
I work in an urban district. While there I see many interesting and at times disheartening things. Hopefully my experiences as an educator can shed some light on what we can do to better prepare our children for the future.