It has lately been brought to my attention that people don’t really want to hear what we have to say. Being from the town where the Dixie Chick lead singer Natalie Maines is from you know its an interesting place to be from. Growing up I could understand the move liberal views that they had. Now that I have grown up, I can see where they were coming from. These words from this song seem to run more true than ever.
“Can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Saying that I better
Shut up and sing
Or my life will be over?” –
Songwriters: Martha Maguire / Natalie Maines / Emily Robison / Dan Wilson
I grew up where every radio station in the area stopped playing their music for years. The last few years my eyes have been opened to other peoples opinions.
One of the big things that made me feel this way having different political views than most of my family. In fact at one family reunion i was told that if I was a democrat I would no longer be family.
So what brought all of this on?
Well that would be my musician friends the ones who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. Lets take a minute to think if you can spread hate on twitter so easily and that is okay. So its more than okay to for a musician who wants to share there views is wrong?
Well I am going to step out and say Musicians if you want to share your out look on the world I am hear to hear it. That comment about life could be the seed to your next song and or album, I say go for it.
Recently I was made aware that because I love the band American Aquarium, I was no longer worthy of being an internet acquaintance of some one. I say okay that is fine. Music is where I feel at home and American Aquarium does that for me.
So in other words I am going to keep supporting musicians I love and if you don’t like it. Well in the words of Rhett Butler of Gone with the Wind, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
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