Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Just Keep Saying It Until They Believe It

Michelle Obama goes on The View to be one of the girls. She praises Hillary, talks about sexism, tries to make nice. This is the political makeover a very highly paid PR firm is putting together.

Yet this is now and this is what she was saying a short time ago.

I don't mind the Obama's being blatant hypocrites. I mind them doing that while their supporters are still engaged in destroying Hillary Clinton to break that 18 million voter bloc Clinton controls. The Obama's believe possibly rightly that Goebbels was right: just keep saying it until they believe it.

Meanwhile the Obama campaign moved two women wearing hijabs from behind the platform for the appearance with Al Gore. This kind of staging has occurred before and Obama apologizes afterwards, but his campaign continues the practice so it isn't something he can honestly say he isn't aware of. "All for the show, ya no", as Mick Jagger said. His supporters defend it by saying Fox would have a field day with the photos. And they are right. On the other hand, courage is doing the thing that is dangerous because it is the right thing to do.

He is the rock candidate alright. Or as Reverend Wright said, "Just a politician." Whatever. This isn't change anyone with half a brain can believe in.

Obama isn't about change or hope or us. Obama is about Obama. That's what rock stars do... or candidates for the job anyway.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Come The Day

I've forgotten much about the music that affected me in the early days. Going from being a kid playing folk in the churches in the 1960s to the boy playing pop in the restaurants in the 1970s to the man playing rock/blues/jazz in the 80s to originals in the 90s, and now, back to folk, one rediscovers the roots and some surprises.

1960s folk was not just protest music. Grounded in the Hootenannies of the late 50s, it was very spiritual. Gospel is as much the tap root of 1960s folk and pop ever since. We tend to forget that as we have become dance-centric. Now that I'm past the time I really need or want to play in the loud bands, I am enjoying rediscovering these roots and wondering how this will affect my songwriting. The influence has always been there with different emphasis but as my son pointed out when I was orchestrating "Fee Fi Fo Fum" for the children's play, "Dad, that's really the Mamas and the Papas soundwise" and he was right.

Come the day, I find I want these sounds back in my life. Perhaps as a fan once noted about "Sam (for Liz)", we come to an age where we need a little innocence back.

More Seekers... Judith Durham is medicine to the wounds.

Monday, June 16, 2008

A World of Our Own

I read at YouTube this song became a gay/lesbian anthem.

Excellent!! Songs of freedom are for everybody!!

Free The Slaves

If you are one of the women who bought into the Obamalosi campaign, remember that the only reason he is the Democratic nominee is because the media was allowed to stomp on his competition while giving him a free ride.

If you don't get that, come Independence Day, be sure to clean house, wash dishes, iron shirts and all that. Free slaves is an oxymoron.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Devil In The Details

An opinion piece worth reading...

There are wars and rumors of wars. The devil is in the details.

Finding Judith Durham

Father's Day is when I miss my Dad. We shared life and music. It was a grace-filled relationship. Evenings spent playing old songs, I miss that. I have my own song for Dad, but I found something special this year.

The web has delights for the finding. Judith Durham is one. Georgy Girl had me from the first note. For a long time I didn't know what became of the beautiful chestnut-haired singer so beguiling when I was a boy of twelve.

It has been a pure delight to discover she became even more brilliant and heartfelt.

A musician born is a musician forever. I love this one. She was first in a boy's heart and as she sang, "I know I'll never find another you", I knew I never would.

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