Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Ed Anderson - Backyard Tire Fire

Is this election different than past elections, why or why not?

Ed Anderson by
This election is refreshing, interesting and exciting to watch unfold. However, it is also the same in the sense that I feel the same sickness and nausea I did from the last several elections.

It's different for obvious reasons (first African-American presidential candidate, first female vice presidential candidate since Geraldine Ferraro), but I feel the same kind of urgency that I felt four years ago. And I sure as hell don't want to feel that kind of disappointment again. I guess the stakes are higher now than they were in the previous election because the state of the nation is much worse than it was before Bush stepped in for his second term. There is definitely a feeling of "now or never."

What is the relationship between music and politics - and how, if at all, has this relationship affected your music?

Music can be a very powerful medium to get a point across. It's universal and can reach the masses. I've written a couple of politically charged tunes, but never really wanted to be the preachy folk singer guy.

If you could speak directly to all American voters, what would you say?

Get your heads out of your asses. This shouldn't even be close and the fact that it is, scares the living shit out of me...

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