ROCKTOBER 2004 : : VOTING ON THE MIND

AARON REDNER
Hot Buttered Rum String Band

Why is it important to vote?

It is important to vote because without giving your vote it is impossible to say that the elected officials represent your opinions and political views. Wherever you may fall in the political spectrum, it is essential for one to vote in order to have any say in policy on any level from local to federal.

Is this election any different than elections past?

This election differs from others of the past because of where it falls in the historical course of humanity. Never has there been a time of such a volatile combination of advanced warfare technology and the willingness of fundamental extremists to use it in order to further their agenda. It is such a tenuous time for us all and the current administration has decided that the best policy is one of unilateral action and preemptive military strikes. This has led to thousands of deaths of Americans, Iraqis, Afghanis, and others who fight for their causes as they believe them.

Do politics have a place in music?
Why or why not?

Throughout the history of recorded music there have always been examples of political views being espoused. From the folk songs of Woody Guthrie to the anthems of Bob Marley, the artist has made their views clear through lyric and song and have attempted to sway the listener into seeing what they consider to be the truth. Music has the power to bring change to the human condition and that includes trying to sway the vote of a nation. The current tours by various musicians of international stature whose purpose is to vote the current administration out of office is a powerful example of the artist's opinion that change can be manifested through music.

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Editor's note: While we did not set out with a particular political agenda we do realize that these responses have all been leaning Democratic, if there are any artists who can represent a Republican point of view we would love to hear from you.



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