Monday, May 08, 2006

Composing Protest

Update: Matt reminds me there are many protesting through music and mentions one song in particular from artist Josh Ritter. Here is the audio for "A Girl in the War," and although you all know that Tommi is home safe now, the song strikes a chord for me and reminds me of the others still in harm's way.

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From the May 15 Newsweek story,
"Music: Sounding Off on Bush":
The protest songs of the Vietnam era railed against the war and The Man, but the new wave of dissent is aimed directly at Bush ... When the Dixie Chicks spoke out against Bush onstage three years ago,
they were all but dropped from country-music radio. But with the
president's approval ratings at a record low, criticizing Bush or
opposing the war in song isn't quite as risky. "There's a greater
political intensity now than there's been in years," says Danny
Goldberg, a music-industry veteran who's now vice chairman of Air
America Radio. "These artists are expressing what a lot of the country
is feeling—a growing disenchantment with the way this government is
doing things."

Neil Young: "Let's impeach the president, for hijacking our religion and using it to get elected/Dividing our country into colors, and still leaving black people neglected."

Pink: "Mr. President, how do you sleep at night while the rest of us cry?"

Eddie Vedder: "Medals on a wooden mantel, next to a handsome face/That the president took for granted, writing checks that others pay."

Eminem: "Strap him with an AK-47, let him go fight his own war."

Merle Haggard and Paul Simon: songs forthcoming.

Listen to exerpts from the above mentioned music here.


Matt said...

There's even more to add to that list, especially from underground music.

There have been several compilations dedicated to ousting Bush (Rock Against Bush Vol. 1 & 2, The Future Soundtrack for America) and great tracks from the likes of Bright Eyes and even Adam Green. And don't forget about Green Day's "American Idiot" album.

My favorite of the lot, however, is Josh Ritter's "Girl in the War." It's thoughtful, moving, and belongs on any respectable protest playlist.

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