It is well known that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a keen writer of both political and non-political songs, as evidenced by his CDs released in 2007, 2009, and 2010. One of his songs about the environment was played as a prelude to his speech to business leaders at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu this weekend. In a very interesting comment about his songwriting, and about the power and purpose of political song in general, the President is quoted as saying
This is my way of communicating to the people. If I use political language, there is always some misinterpretation. But if I use (songs) as a communication it is more easily accepted by anybody.
Certainly, his song about protecting the environment makes his message very clear:
Come with me now to save this mother land
From the forest to the oceans to the sky
If we all just believe we could change everything
For the future of our children.