ROCKTOBER 2004 : : VOTING ON THE MIND

DARREN PUJALET
Particle

Why is it important to vote?


By Casey Flanigan
It's important to vote in order to have some say in the future of your life, and the lives of your family.

Is this election any different than elections past?

Artists and public figures this year have come together more than ever before to share their political messages. The year 2000 proved to us that a President can win by 1,000 votes. The difference this year is that people are more consciously aware that individual votes are more powerful than in previous elections, making them less apathetic in casting their vote.

Do politics have a place in music?

Yes

Why or why not?

I think as musicians, we have a voice (unless you can't sing.... kidding). I think we write songs about our everyday lives, and politics are a part of that. As long as musicians have integrity with what they are saying, and suggest it as an opinion by not forcing it on the listening audience, it's good for the people.

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