Thursday, September 28, 2006

Wise Men

David Broder better find some of his wise men and get them to work on the work of wise men.

Ill winds blowing, again.

Only shrillness can save America. I hope to highlight a new entry in the shrillosphere(or one I'm newly aware of) every day until the election. Not sure if I'll manage, but we'll see what we can find.

I know most people don't come for the youtube videos and other music recommendations, but I do it because one thing I'm really hopeful for about the internet is that it does become a successful alternate distribution/promotion model for certain creative output. One element of that is people taking the time to promote the crap they like. Don't like what I like? No problem. I'm not trying to convince you. I'm just trying to share.

Today's shrillfest is provided by Jess Klein and her song Real Live Love. Go listen. I saw her perform it a few days back and she seemed somewhat shy and self-conscious when she introduced it as a political song. I don't think all art should be political or that politcal art is necessarily very persuasive or effective, but I do believe in people speaking their mind using whatever medium they are comfortable with. I know it'll make David Broder sniff with righteous indignation, but that's about all he's good at.

So, listen to Jess get shrill. Consider ways of getting shrill in your own life. Support candidates, artists, musicians, groups, authors who are shrill.

Get your shrill on.

Encourage others to do the same. Shout from the rooftops and all that.