we took the midnight train going anywhere
I can’t help but notice the songspeak site has had some banner ads for the McCain/Palin campaign lately. I can only imagine this is because we’ve had a few McCain and Palin related posts recently, but rest assured that we here at Songspeak in no way, shape, or form support the McCain/Palin ticket.
So it bothers me that ads for them are popping up on the site. Why should it look like we’re promoting someone that we don’t support, nor agree with? Worse yet, the ad looks like some sort of satire, repeating the “maverick” catchphrase over and over. This whole maverick idea is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in politics, and reeks of pandering to the lowest common denominator. “Hey, Joe Six-Pack! We’re mavericks! We’re gonna shoot up Washington with change…YEE-HAAAWWWWWW!” The whole thing seems like one big (sad) joke. But it’s for real. Frightening. (Never mind that I don’t understand how a candidate like McCain that has served in the senate for 22 years can pretend that he’d be “change”).
Everyone knows that the ORIGINAL mavericks are the Ford Maverick, James Garner (who played Maverick in the TV series that ran from 1957 to 1962), Tom Cruise (who played Maverick in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun), and Mel Gibson (who played Maverick in the 1994 movie version of the TV series). And even though one is a car, and two of them are total whackjobs now, I’m confident that ANY of them would make a better Vice President (or President) than Sarah Palin. Especially the car.
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The Democratic National Convention starts this evening with a bunch of speakers, including Ted Kennedy, among other things. But last night there was a big kickoff concert. “Green Sunday At Red Rocks” featured performances by recording artists and environmental advocates including Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Sheryl Crow and Sugarland.
Sheryl Crow dedicated Strong Enough to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, changing the lyrics… “Are you strong enough to be my man, or my president?” Dave Matthews performed an acoustic set with Tim Reynolds, still dealing with the sudden loss last week of his bandmate, LeRoi Moore.
We’ll have to see which songs are used in the campaigns from this point forward. There will be plenty of pep rallies, and there will be many songs used. Hopefully, the campaigns are putting a little bit of thought into which songs are used.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan‘s campaign used Born in the U.S.A. as its pep song. Many people consider it a song about American pride. Lyrically, however, the song is really about how the U.S. poorly treated (ignored) the Vietnam war veterans as they returned home. It’s one of the more misinterpreted songs of Bruce Springsteen‘s career.
Of course, besides picking a good song, the Obama-Biden campaign also has to figure out a way to make sure newscasters are getting the name of the ticket right. CNN’s Betty Nguyen had trouble with this the other day, the morning after the famous text-message/email from Barack Obama announcing his running mate. She referred to the ticket as “Obiden.”
“I’ve got to stop you,” her co-anchor T.J. Holmes said. “That’s the second time you’ve done that, ‘Obiden.’ ”
“I said ‘Obiden?’ Really?” Nguyen said.
“You didn’t realize you said it, but… Obiden.”
“It’s becoming a household name.”
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