ROCKTOBER 2004 : : VOTING ON THE MIND

MICHAEL KANG
String Cheese Incident

Why is it important to vote?


By George Weiss
Since I am not a U.S. citizen, I am not allowed to vote in the presidential elections. It seems to me that the right to vote is the first and foremost right when you become a citizen. When you don't vote, you become invisible in the eyes of our so called leaders.

Is this election any different than elections past?

The price seems to be really high in this year's election. To me, it seems as if we are being asked whether or not we want to travel down a road surrounded by invisible fears. In the course of earth history, this may go down as an insignificant blip, but I believe that we are being forced to choose what road we want to travel, right here right now.

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

To me, music will always be an expression of what we are all feeling or observing. I don't think any artist is immune to feeling the climate of their surroundings and therefore, like any story-teller, a musician can't help but tell the story they see. Politics affects us all even if we feel we have no say in the end result. Yet we all have the power to put out our beliefs in whatever form of expression we have available to us. I don't think that it's a mere coincidence that some of the most popular songs of our time are songs that address the political issues that face us at the time. However, music also reminds me of the simple things in life, like love and celebration: which are not necessarily the platforms of any politicians I see in our upcoming election. Maybe that's what we need, someone who can really simplify politics. Too bad the Dalai Lama can't run for president!

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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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