Why is it important to vote?
Politics is the people's business. All of our lives are affected by politics, and I consider it an obligation to make my voice heard. If we ignore it, we can be sure it will ignore us.
Is this election any different than elections past?
I feel that this election is the most important of my lifetime (so far). Bush has done grave damage to the principles and practices of our country; if he is allowed to continue, things will get much, much worse. It's going to take generations to undo the damage that's been done by corporate capitalism (and the Democrats are only marginally better than the Republicans in many respects). We have to start right here, right now, because four more years of the Bush regime will greatly increase the damage to the planet and to the human spirit.
Do politics have a place in music?
Why or why not?
Music is an art form, and art is a means of addressing, describing, maybe even altering the human condition. I came of age in a time when some people thought music could change the world -- and it did, in some ways. I consider it an obligation to try to make the world a better place, and if I can send people home from a show inspired to do the same, that's a good thing. There is a place for pure entertainment, a place for escapism, but music is art, and art is an agent of social change. If I can tell you a story that changes your heart or your mind while you dance, that's a good thing.
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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.