Gen X voted in droves in 1992 helping to elect Clinton & a Democratic majority. And that was last time until now that there was a major youth vote. After that, the corporations got busy to make sure something like that never happened again & it worked. The young became indifferent low info non-voters & the Republicans took over. Ever wonder why there no Bob Dylans, no Bob Marleys, no Clash, no Public Enemies, no American Idiot in the Trump era? Instead the music industry keeps foisting the same old bubblegum because that is what the corporations have used to manipulate Americans into complacency. It's the agenda the corporations have been working on for years. That's why rock is dead. They killed it, or at least, are suppressing it. The empty suits inherited a high volume high margin goldmine & reduced it to a low volume low margin basket case & we're supposed to respect the opinion of these corporate hacks when they say that they are merely giving the public what they want. Record sales dispute that. Gold has become the new quadruple platinum, MTV is no longer a music video channel & Rolling Stone magazine has scrapped its album charts. Corporations took control of the music industry to deliberately make it irrelevant. Anyone looking for a conspiracy to investigate, here you go. It was probably planned by CEO's over a game of golf. Len Blavatnik, owner of the Warner Music Group, donated 1 million dollars to Trump's amateur hour inauguration gala, 3 million to Bitch McConnell, plus sizable contributions to other right wing pols. Explains everything.
It's midnight in the wilderness. From the lost highways and fever swamps of the sinister South emerges a new & defiant voice.
is a rock & roll tenor in the tradition of FREDDIE MERCURY, ROBERT PLANT, ROGER DALTREY, & LITTLE RICHARD.
is a singer-songwriter in the tradition of BOB DYLAN, DAVID BOWIE, KATE BUSH, ELVIS COSTELLO, & SARAH MCLACHLAN.
GIL KANEDA is the anti-Trump troubadour.
voice & guitar & keys,
words & music: Gilbert Kaneda
Copyright SEdance Music (BMI)
BOB DYLAN. ELVIS PRESLEY. FRANK SINATRA. JOHN BARRY. THE BEATLES. SARAH McLACHLAN. THE DOORS THE WHO. LED ZEPPELIN. DAVID BOWIE, LEONARD COHEN.
Perhaps Lenny couldn't bear singing "Hallelujah" anymore & who can blame him? To say there will never be another one like him is not only to acknowledge his poetic genius. Leonard Cohen was the product of an era of music & poetry & artistic courage. That era was murdered a long time ago. Welcome to the Age of Nihilism, child of an era of mediocrities hyped up as giants that supplanted the period that gave us Lenny & many other true giants. Sinatra was able to help put JFK in the White House. Nixon was despised but a visit from Elvis helped him get re-elected in a 49 state landslide. Bob Dylan never campaigned for Jimmy Carter, but merely quoting Dylan lyrics helped Jimmy get elected. But the collective voices of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Z, & Beyonce couldn't move the needle one millimeter for Hillary Clinton. Because they are lightweights, & they will be remembered as such if they're remembered at all. For the past 30 years, the corporations have imposed their mediocre heroes on American culture which is why the slogan "Make America Great Again" had such cache. Want to know why Trump got elected? Watch Entertainment Tonight & experience the lobotomy.
The famous names, guardians of the status quo, will have no part to play in the drama that is about to unfold. Instead the nameless nobodies long denied power, wealth, & influence by corporate fiat will determine America's future more than Trump & his fascist agenda. Those who smugly dismiss the protestors as inconsequential should consider some history: At the dawn of the first American Civil War, which began months before Lincoln took office, Ulysses S. Grant had been reduced to clerking in his kid brother's leather goods store. Yet it was Grant, more than Lincoln, that reduced the Confederacy to rubble. At the dawn of the First World War, T.E. Lawrence was a mapmaker with a fondness for erotic Arabian poetry. At war's end, Lawrence & Churchill will redraw the map of the Middle East inventing an artificial nation called Iraq. The European aristocracy that created the climate for war died with Franz Ferdinand. On December 7, 1941 (that other day of infamy besides Nov. 9, 2016),
General Yamamoto said Imperial Japan had awoken a sleeping giant.
The biggest victims of the Trump presidency won't be the Mexicans or Muslims but the sons & daughters of the rednecks who voted for Trump. They will die in the desert fighting an unwinnable war in the Middle East. Unlike during Vietnam, there will be little campus protest. Little sympathy. The general feeling will be that the rednecks got exactly what they paid for. Americans must really love those dystopian movies Hollywood has been producing lately. Life imitates art. Those who wonder what all this has to do with the late great Leonard Cohen should listen to his song: "Everybody Knows".
Sincerely, G. Kaneda
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