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Mike's Blog

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Money, Music and Politics

Another blog I read reported that the new 50 dollar bills were released yesterday. It dawned on me that it has been a long time since I've seen a fiddy dolla bill. Of course, this could be because I never carry cash. You better believe if my bank released a new debit card I would notice though! The debit card has got to be one of the greatest inventions of our time. Cold hard cash is over-rated. Well, unless its in a action movie-style stainless steel suitcase in fat stacks of 100s.

Next, I would like to tear down every artist, musician, and actor on the planet who thinks I care about their political agendas. A perfect example is the Vote for Change Tour. This tour, organized by the MoveOn Political Action Committee, includes the following artists: Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, Jurassic 5, Dixie Chicks, Death Cab for Cutie, James Taylor, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, John Fogerty, Keb' Mo', Bright Eyes, John Mellencamp, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, John Prine, and Tracy Chapman. A lot of these artists are just looking for a cause they can jump on and score album sales. These "great leaders" have put their "brilliant minds" together to declare..."Vote for Change is a loose coalition of musicians brought together by a single idea (*cough* liberalism *cough*) — the need to make a change in the direction of our country. We share a belief that this is the most important election of our lifetime. We are fighting for a government that is open, rational, just, and progressive. And we intend to be heard..." Now I know what you are thinking..." But Mike..."that's what freedom of speech is all about." And you wouldn't get any argument from me there. But when I buy a CD from a musician that I've jammed since forever and the lyrics, cover, jacket notes and picture on the CD are all politically motivated I have a problem. And this goes for ALL political agendas, Left, Right, Middle, Communist or otherwise. From a financial standpoint, does it really make sense to possibly alienate half your listening(and buying!) audience? Quit abusing your time in the limelight and go back to doing what you do best which is rocking out and making good music about love, loss, interplanetary travel, etc. If I want politics I will turn on the news. GRRR!!


  • Mon Oct 04, 07:27:00 PM CDT
    Blogger Texas Gurl sat naked at the computer and typed…

    real money, bills, i mean can be fun. a guy in my past and i went gambling and won $600.00. we asked the casino if we could get it all in fives. hehe. we stood on the bed in the hotel and threw up handfuls of fives. you would be surprised how sexy all that money is. it was great.

  • Mon Oct 04, 08:19:00 PM CDT
    Blogger Mike sat naked at the computer and typed…

    I am on the other end of that spectrum. When I won just over $500 at the blackjack tables last year in Vegas I asked them to change me out at the table for a $500 chip. It was really cool to think that this small chip made of clay and paper was worth 500 smackers. Then I promptly asked my friend to cash me out at the window while I took a leak. Man I am too trusting. But then again I had been holding it so long my brain was probably floating. Only when my luck went cold did I ever even consider getting up from that table.


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