The Music is the Message
November 2, 2008 1:02 PM Subscribe
The Soul is in the Soundtrack . . .
Barack Obama's soundtrack, that is . . .
Margaret Talev writing for McClatchy, quoting Duke U's Mark Anthony Neal
: "The music "really harkens back to the initial moments of the creation of that possibility, young white folks listening to those artists, dancing to that music, the beginning of school integration," he said. "The music is really a soundtrack to that. It stirs a nostalgia about when folks had hopes that we'd see a kind of society where we can elect a black president." Gavin Hewitt, writing for BBC, also explores the Obama campaign's use of musical messaging. Can a singer's opinion change your vote? Can one candidate use another's signature song and re-inflect it?
And Carrie Brownsetein wonders "do you hear what I hear?"
Rolling Stone wants to know what the candidate hears
in his earbuds.
Oh, and Springsteen endorses
(scroll down). Ralph Stanley too
. If you want a taste of it, plus Springsteen's warm-up, tune in to Barack Obama's Cleveland rally starting soon (program slated to begin at 3:34PM EST). Live stream should be up soon on barackobama.com
(No direct CNN video link yet; will post in comments when it comes online.)
Meanwhile, Axl Rose tells us it doesn't matter, because we're gonna get Chinese Democracy
either way. (YT)