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October 31st, 2008 By mbreen | Music | Posted In: Music Commentary

Song for McCain

A few weeks ago, when we did a barrage of reporting about the band The National’s Obama rally/concert on Fountain Square, a commenter reacted to some comments I made about The Dixie Chicks (who I said were “virtually crucified” and "right" for criticizing the President) and other musicians whose “liberal” stances on the Bush administration were often met with a chorus of “just shut up and sing.” My point was that those kind of critiques have lessened since those liberal commie elitists turned out to be absolutely right.

The commenter suggested that me making fun of Toby Keith and other cheesy conservative artists was just as bad as those attacking the liberal ones. For the record, I’ve never burned a pile of Toby Keith records nor protested outside of a Lee Greenwood concert.

The broader question this brought up for me was: Where are the artists for McCain? Not that there have been many (OK, I haven’t heard any) good pro-Obama songs — but there have been a ton created and posted online.

In the interest of fairness, I thought I’d look for some good songs supporting McCain and criticize them on an artistic/poetic level. My problem with “protest songs” comes when the artists are way too obvious. There has to be a more poetic way to say “I’m proud to be an American” or Toby’s “American girls and American guys will always stand up and salute/ We'll always recognize, when we see ol' glory flying.”

I know there are artists who support McCain. I saw Hank Williams Jr. stumping for him in Tennessee. (“Are you ready for some cultural intolerance!” I think he said, but I could have just been drunk.) But where’s the support in song?

Much to my surprise, I did find a song on YouTube that sums up the McCain campaign beautifully. I’m still searching for more. Please, for the love of God, if you know of any more, let me know.

On the following clip’s YouTube page, the creators claim that rapper will.i.am stole the idea from them (the tune is credited to the Public Service Administration and posted under the heading "john.he.is"). The tune — like will.i.am’s, only for the Republican candidate — takes parts of McCain’s speeches and turns them into beautiful music. I'm sure this has the power to sway some votes.



 
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