(Red)Wire will launch on December 1, World Aids Day, with its first selection of music that will benefit the (Red) organization, which though the Global Fund helps HIV infected people in Africa. Bob Dylan, U2, R.E.M., Coldplay, the Killers and Elvis Costello are among the first artists signed up for the initiative. For both creativity and humanitarianism (and some potentially great music) this is a terrific idea on many levels. Oh, and this holiday season you'll also be able to help the Global Fund through Starbucks by drinking some of their holiday coffees.
Monday, November 24, 2008
For today only, Bruce Springsteen's new single, "Working on a Dream", will be available as a free download from iTunes and the official Bruce Springsteen site. (The digital single will go on sale beginning tomorrow). The song is a preview from the album of the same name, which will be released on January 27. So, 2009 will start off as a banner year with a major new album from Bruce, the follow up to last year's terrific Magic. The new single is a gently swaying pop tune with some sunny and hopeful lyrics and was first performed live by Bruce at an Obama rally just a couple of days before the election.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
As we transition away from the campaign to the Obama presidency, it seems that it is about time to address some other issues that this blog is intended to address, namely: music! and film! and books!
This seems a perfect time to transition on the blog and mention the imminent release of Electric Arguments from the Fireman. Who are the Fireman you may ask? None other than Sir Paul McCartney and the DJ Youth, who first and anonymously released two albums in the nineties. Now, with anonymity long gone, the duo are set to release their third album; and this one from what I've heard is basically the McCartney follow-up to last year's terrific Memory Almost Full. Unlike the previous albums, which were experiments in dance and electronica, Electric Arguments boasts lyrics and song structures, albeit not quite what we would expect on a traditional album from Sir Paul. I first heard the brilliant song "Sing the Changes" with its soaring melody and almost otherworldly backing vocals (compliments of Sir Paul himself) a few weeks before the election, and I thought it would make the perfect song and anthem for an Obama victory. I think it beautifully captures what came to pass on November 4.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Finally here it is. Election Day only hours away. After months and months of campaigning and speechifying it all comes down to us. Tomorrow we can elect a man who will help turn America around after eight years of war, corruption, economic neglect and the very subjugation of our constitution. Barack Obama is a man who will be a transformational leader; a man of ideas and the power to inspire us all. We can defeat the forces of fear and the ideas of yesterday with the promise of change and the hope of a brighter future. Others more eloquent than myself have penned words endorsing Barack Obama and this is a good time to share some of them:
Addressing Obama's transformational candidacy and also stating how his eloquence is also a means to govern, The New Yorker's endorsement concludes with, "at a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure, and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama."
The New York Times noted that Obama has "the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems" in their endorsement which concluded that "this country needs sensible leadership, compassionate leadership, honest leadership and strong leadership. Barack Obama has shown that he has all of those qualities."
Always eloquent and never more so in his campaign appearances with and for Obama, Bruce Springsteen talked about the American promise and how it was handed down to us giving us the things that "bind us together and give us faith in our contract with one another." He went on to say that he has spent his life and career "measuring the distance between that American promise and American reality" and that Obama will "restore" that promise and how we can all rebuild the "house that is truer and big enough to contain the hopes and dreams of all of our fellow citizens."
And so, tomorrow we can finally act and with one voice say, "Yes We Can."