During the campaign before the last presidential election, when I heard people accuse Obama of being “a secret Muslim”, I told them, “please, you only make yourself appear ignorant saying that. The real thing to be afraid of is, “is he just another old white politico?”
Sadly from where I sit, it appears he’s just more of the same. I still would like to believe if he had the power to change things, maybe he would. Maybe the President doen’t have the power to make those sweeping changes that are needed to fix things in this country.
I thought that maybe I would see some meaningful healthcare reform that would help me – but I haven’t. Nor has he done anything meaningful for the economy. “Make work” programs that rebuild the infrastructure of this country – fixing highways and bridges – that will never bring real prosperity back. What happened to alternative energy? We’re still in Iraq and Afganistan, and getting involved in a war in Libya…Guantanamo Bay is still open, the Bush tax cuts for the rich were extended despite never having produced the intended “trickle down”….
And the people that caused the Recession – they got bailed out. Me; I have to sell my house because I don’t make the same money as I used to. I’m not behind on my mortgage, so I don’t qualify for the lower interest rates one hears about.
Oh, I’ll vote for Obama in the next election simply because I know there not a snowball’s chance in hell the Republicans will do anything other than pick up where George Bush left off. It seems to me this two party system with its career politicians is analogous to asking how much does two plus two equal? The Republicans say five and the Democrats say three and we the people keep going back and forth between those two wrong answers without having a choice that will work.
I am very obviously not a DJ. My concept for this album was that I would write the basic songs and then a Dj would flesh it out and create a 1 to 2 hour mix of all original material. Further more the project with the Dj would become a hybrid live/Dj act that was about something (having meaningful) lyrics and that was an excitingly visual live act. I still believe such an act would be tremendously successful.
In short, I felt I was going to be the man to save house music (what hubris) – which incidentally is its own worst enemy. By comparison, some of the lyrics in house make hip hop and country western seem positively brilliant. Too much of house comes across as a hackneed soundtrack to the audience getting wasted. I wanted to create music that people would want to buy so as to listen to and believe in. If you think about it; all the big rock group’s have fans that believe in them. To those fans its not just a sound but a lifestyle. I think house music can do that but it needs to grow.
Anyhjow…I did these rough tracks and sent them around to various DJs – never got one response.
So I released as is. Looking back on it now I find the rigid four on the floor kick drum oppressive and the unvareing tempo tedious. What could have been my best album is not. And I can only listen in small doses.
My next album will be nothing like this.