Posted on 11/08/2012
Written by Mike Arnold
Here in the United States of America we just had another election and this time it was to elect the Chief Executive, also known as The President of the United Sates of America. During this election President Obama was re-elected to be the chief of the free world again, but to get there he had some help from some of the top artists in the music industry.
Many artists performed with President Obama during his last weeks of his political tour. Artists such as Jay-Z, Katy Perry, James Taylor, and of course Bruce Springsteen donated their time and talent to add to the attention to gather a larger crowd to listen to the President’s plea to vote for him.
Former Governor Mitt Romney had several country music superstars in his camp such as Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Zac Brown, and many others. Mr. Romney also had other music genres on his side. In fact soul singer Sam Moore (Sam and Dave – “Soul Man”), rapper and actor LL Cool J, as well as rockers Meatloaf, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, and Joe Perry (Aerosmith).
One thing that really bothers me is to pay the hefty price for a concert ticket to enjoy one of my favorite artists pour out their heart and soul through their songs and music, and being disappointed to have to listen to the artist’s political statements. Website music.yahoo.com reported that recently Madonna performed in concert in New Orleans and told the large crowd that, “I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.” That statement resulted on people booing her as many left the concert. Madonna quickly responded by saying, “Seriously, I don’t care who you vote for …Do not take this privilege for granted.”
I don’t think I have been at a concert that turned into a political rally, but I have seen some that were very close. The first time I saw Sheryl Crow in concert she mentioned some politicians in the crowd and said it was a time for a change before she went into her big hit, “Change Would Do You Good”. When I saw one of my favorite songwriters/performers, John Fogerty, perform for the first time he was introduced by former president Bill Clinton on a video screen. I have also seen political statements from John Mellencamp in past concerts. It seems that U2 uses every stage they perform on as a political platform. Not to make a plea to vote for someone, but to educate their audience of the bad political decisions that
are made all over the world, which resulted in the mis-treatment of humans that led to starvation, torture, or imprisonment. One of my favorite performers of all time is Bruce Springsteen. Although he is a huge supporter of the Democratic party here in the US, I’ve never personally seen him go on a political rant. He keeps it in his songs (Born In the USA, Youngstown, and others).
The one thing I have noticed is that the musicians that go on political rants seem to always be for the Democratic Party. Personally I don’t care if others think differently than me. That is what makes this country unique. Sure, I would love for everyone to become Christians, behave the way the Bible tells us Christians to be, and vote for the candidates who follow Biblical guidelines, but I realize that won’t happen on earth so all I can do is pray for others, our leaders, and our country / world.
Written By Mike Arnold
Questions I have for you are…
Does it matter if your favorite artist has a different political view than you?
Does it bother you that artists show their political views in concert?
Will a popular artist sway you to vote a certain way?
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